U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will use its full authority to reform the police department in Ferguson, Missouri. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday (March 6) the Justice Department would use its full authority to reform the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, including potentially dismantling the department. A reporter asked Holder after he stepped off Air Force One with President Obama about how he plans to restructure the police force in Ferguson. "Does that include dismantling the police force?" she asked. "If that's what's necessary, we're prepared to do that," Holder replied. Holder went on to tell reporters that the Obama administration will issue national guidelines urging local municipalities to drop their use of debtors prisons like those recently detailed in the Justice Department's investigation in Ferguson, Missouri. The Justice Department issued a report this week that found that police there overwhelmingly arrested and issued traffic citations to black residents, creating a culture of distrust that erupted in August when a white officer shot an unarmed black teenager.