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Officials in Ferguson, Missouri are waiting for what multiple media sources say will be scathing news from the Department of Justice. The long-awaited report on the Ferguson Police Department's actions towards minorities could be released as early as Tuesday.
A protester is taken into custody Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters are taken into custody Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Police and Missouri National Guardsmen stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A protester is taken into custody Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Police and Missouri National Guardsmen stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A protester is taken into custody Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Police stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: Los Angeles police officers interfere in the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested after the intervention. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: Los Angeles police officer detains a protestor during the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested after the intervention of the police. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: A protestor holds a banner with the pictures of civilians died in police-involved cases during the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested during the demonstrations. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: A press member is seen during the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested during the demonstrations. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: Los Angeles police officers interfere in the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested after the intervention. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: A masked protestor is seen during the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested during the demonstrations. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: Los Angeles police officers interfere in the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested after the intervention. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, US - NOVEMBER 28: Protestors gather at West Country Center Mall near Ferguson on November 28,2014 during a rally against the Grand Jury's decision not to indict white Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown. Demonstrators also call for a boycott of retailers during the Black Friday shopping weekend. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, US - NOVEMBER 28: Protestors shout slogans at West Country Center Mall near Ferguson on November 28,2014 during a rally against the Grand Jury's decision not to indict white Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown. Demonstrators also call for a boycott of retailers during the Black Friday shopping weekend. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A protester is taken into custody Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A protester is taken into custody Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters gather near the Ferguson Police on Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters gather near Ferguson Police Department Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer , Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown has sparked protests nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters gather near Ferguson Police Department Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer , Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown has sparked protests nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters march down the streets near Ferguson Police Department Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer , Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown has sparked protests nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hang a banner at Saint Louis Galleria mall as they yelled chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protests inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Police officers forced businesses to close and cleared the mall of any patrons. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Police officers forced businesses to close and cleared the mall of any patrons. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protests inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Police officers forced businesses to close and cleared the mall of any patrons. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors demonstrate inside the Ferguson Walmart Shopping Center on November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protests inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Police officers forced businesses to close and cleared the mall of any patrons. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Police officers watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as protesters demonstrate inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protests inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Retail workers watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown holds a sign as she walks through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrator Kymone Freeman wears a pig nose as he protest the shooting death of Michael Brown at Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Macy's employees Raechelle Brooks, left, and Lisa Jones, center, join demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown lay down on the floor at the Saint Louis Galleria during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown lay down on the floor at the Saint Louis Galleria during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown walk past a Coach store at Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown lay down on the floor at the Saint Louis Galleria during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Shoppers are in disbelief after retailers locked their doors as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through the Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown lay down on the floor at the Saint Louis Galleria during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Customers shop behind a locked gate at a retail shop as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through the Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Shoppers watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through the Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : A Brook Brothers Woman store employee unlocks the doors for customers after demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown walk through the Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28: A message written in chalk is displayed on the sidewalk along West Florissant Road November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Earlier today a small stretch of West Florissant Road was open back to motorist and residents living in the area as tension continue to still run high after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28: A police officer cordons off West Florissant Road with yellow police tape as a message written in chalk is displayed on the sidewalk along November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Earlier today a small stretch of West Florissant Road was open back to motorist and residents living in the area as tension continue to still run high after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28: A woman draws a heart with chalk on the sidewalk along West Florissant Road November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Earlier today a small stretch of West Florissant Road was open back to motorist and residents living in the area as tension continue to still run high after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28: A demonstrator protests outside a Wal-Mart store on Black Friday November 28, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area leaving several businesses burned to the ground. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown holds a sign near the entrance to a local Walmart store on Black Friday, November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Some local businesses remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tensions remain high in the community after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male teenager, was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer, on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges, sparking riots throughout Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through a local Walmart store on Black Friday, November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Some local businesses remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tensions remain high in the community after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male teenager, was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer, on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges, sparking riots throughout Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
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FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: National Guard troops and police officers stand outside of a closed Walmart November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tension continue to still run high the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: A National Guard troop stands outside of a closed Walmart November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tension continue to still run high the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers and National Guard troops stand outside of a closed Walmart November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tension continue to still run high the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: people stand outside near National Guard troops and police officers positioned outside of a closed Walmart November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tension continue to still run high the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt, standing next to a burned out car, checks on visitors to the Michael Brown memorial at the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt started a Copwatch chapter in Ferguson to monitor police activity after Brown was killed. The car, which belonged to a journalist, was torched on Tuesday evening. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt, standing next to a burned out car, checks on visitors to the Michael Brown memorial at the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt started a Copwatch chapter in Ferguson to monitor police activity after Brown was killed. The car, which belonged to a journalist, was torched on Tuesday evening. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt shops for groceries for Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt lives in the Canfield Green Apartments near where Michael Brown was killed. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Reverend Shonda Gladden hugs Mikael Merchant as Brad Hill stands behind them at a memorial for Michael Brown on Canfield Drive November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Tension still run high in the Ferguson community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Eric Thayer for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: People visit the Michael Brown memorial in the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Snow falls as Missouri National Guard stand outside of the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer , Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown has sparked protests nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Snow falls as Missouri National Guard watch protesters outside of the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old has stoked passions nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters gather near the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown has sparked protests nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
FILE- In this Nov. 25, 2014 photo, demonstrators hold up their hands during a protest in Philadelphia, the day after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed 18-year-old black Michael Brown. ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ has become a rallying cry despite questions whether Michael Brown’s hands were raised in surrender before being fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Los Angeles police officers stand in front of Staples Center following an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. There had been several people who were protesting the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision marching in front of the arena after the game ended. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A Missouri National Guardsman stands in front of Ferguson City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown has sparked protests nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A firefighter works to extinguish a blaze ignited by protesters and spanning four lanes of Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, a day after the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Protesters briefly shut down two major freeways, vandalized police cars and looted businesses in downtown Oakland, smashing windows at cell phone stores, car dealerships, restaurants and convenience stores on a second night of protests. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
FILE- In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, demonstrator Maryam Said raises her painted hands during a protest against a grand jury's decision on Monday not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown in New York. ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ has become a rallying cry despite questions whether Michael Brown’s hands were raised in surrender before being fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Demonstrators march with their hands raised in protest against a grand jury's decision on Monday not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in New York. The grand jury's decision has inflamed racial tensions across the U.S. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through the aisles of a local Walmart store on Black Friday, November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Some local businesses remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tensions remain high in the community after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male teenager, was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer, on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges, sparking riots throughout Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with its findings.

The report, which Ferguson city officials said would be released Wednesday, marks the culmination of a months-long investigation into a police department that federal officials have described as troubled and that commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, last summer.

It chronicles discriminatory practices across the city's criminal justice system, detailing problems from initial encounters with patrol officers to treatment in the municipal court and jail. Federal law enforcement officials described its contents on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before the report is released.

The full report could serve as a roadmap for significant changes by the department, if city officials accept its findings. Past federal investigations of local police departments have encouraged overhauls of fundamental police procedures such as traffic stops and the use of service weapons. The Justice Department maintains the right to sue police departments that resist making changes.

The city of Ferguson released a statement acknowledging that Justice Department officials supplied a copy of the report to the mayor, city manager, police chief and city attorney during a private meeting Tuesday in downtown St. Louis. The statement offered no details about the report, which the city said it was reviewing and would discuss Wednesday after the Justice Department makes it public.

The investigation, which began weeks after Brown's killing last August, is being released as Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to leave his job following a six-year tenure that focused largely on civil rights. The findings are based on interviews with police leaders and residents, a review of more than 35,000 pages of police records and analysis of data on stops, searches and arrests.

Federal officials found that black motorists from 2012 to 2014 were more than twice as likely as whites to be searched during traffic stops, even though they were 26 percent less likely to be found carrying contraband, according to a summary of the findings.

The review also found that blacks were 68 percent less likely than others to have their cases dismissed by a municipal court judge. And from April to September of last year, 95 percent of people kept at the city jail for more than two days were black, it found.

Of the cases in which the police department documented the use of force, 88 percent involved blacks, and of the 14 dog bites for which racial information is available, all 14 victims were black.

Overall, African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, about 10 miles north of downtown St. Louis. The police department has been criticized as racially imbalanced and not reflective of the community's demographic makeup. At the time of the shooting, just three of 53 officers were black, though the mayor has said he's trying to create a more diverse police force.

Brown's killing set off weeks of protests and initiated a national dialogue about police officers' use of force and their relations with minority communities. A separate report to be issued soon is expected to clear Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, of federal civil rights charges. A state grand jury declined to indict Wilson in November, and he resigned from the department.

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the Brown family, said that if the reports about the findings are true, they "confirm what Michael Brown's family has believed all along - and that is that the tragic killing of an unarmed 18-year-old black teenager was part of a systemic pattern of inappropriate policing of African-American citizens in the Ferguson community."

The report says there is direct evidence of racial bias among police officers and court workers, and details a criminal justice system that issues citations for petty infractions such as walking in the middle of the street, putting the raising of revenue from fines ahead of public safety. The physical tussle that led to Brown's death began after Wilson told him and a friend to move from the street to the sidewalk.

The practice hits poor people especially hard, sometimes leading to jail time when they can't pay, the report says, and has contributed to a cynicism about the police on the part of citizens.

Among the report's findings was a racially tinged 2008 message in a municipal email account stating that President Barack Obama would not be president for very long because "what black man holds a steady job for four years."

The department has conducted roughly 20 broad civil rights investigations of police departments during Holder's tenure, including Cleveland, Newark, New Jersey, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Most such investigations end with police departments agreeing to change their practices.

Several messages seeking comment from Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and Mayor James Knowles III were not returned. A secretary for Jackson said he is not doing media interviews, and Jackson left the police department Tuesday afternoon without comment. Knowles has previously said the city is attracting a large pool of applicants to police jobs, including minority candidates seeking the position left vacant by Wilson's resignation.

John Gaskin III, a St. Louis community activist, praised the findings, saying, "Ferguson police have to see the light in how they deal with people of color.

"It's quite evident that change is coming down the pike. This is encouraging," he said. "It's so unfortunate that Michael Brown had to be killed. But in spite of that, I feel justice is coming."

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