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The lessons of Ferguson
The lessons of Ferguson

The Justice Department on Wednesday released a devastating critique of police and city officials in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by an officer last year. Though the department did not find cause to bring a civil rights indictment against the officer who killed Michael Brown, the report paints a picture of a community riven by racial tension and a pervasive pattern and practice of discrimination by local officials. It should be a call for fundamental changes in that deeply troubled community, but it should also prompt the rest of us to consider whether our communities are really so different. Department investigators conducted scores of interviews with...

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