Missouri senators call to disband Ferguson Police Department

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Two Missouri state senators are calling for the Ferguson Police Department to be dissolved following a scathing federal report that found widespread racial bias among officers.

Democratic Sens. Jamilah Nasheed and Maria Chappelle-Nadal of the St. Louis area on Wednesday said issues with the department run so deep that disbanding it completely is the best option for change.

The U.S. Justice Department report found that police work disproportionately targeted minorities in generating evenue from fines and fees, rather than protecting the community.

The report also said that police officials swapped racist emails.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said later Wednesday that one officer accused of sending racist emails has since been fired, with two others placed on administrative leave. He says the department has implemented other changes since Brown’s death.

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