Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.33.27 PMThe Department of Justice have launched a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson for its police conduct.

“We intend to aggressively prosecute this case,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters Wednesday, “and we intend to prevail.”

“The residents of Ferguson have suffered the deprivation of their constitutional rights, the rights guaranteed to all Americans, for decades. They have waited decades for justice,” Lynch said. “They should not be forced to wait any longer.”

The DOJ filed the lawsuit after the Ferguson City Council voted Tuesday to change the terms of a deal negotiators had been hashing out for months, Lynch said.

The list of violations include police misconduct, disparity in jail sentences black people received, use of force and targeting black people disproportionately for traffic stops

“These violations were not only egregious, they were routine. They were encouraged by the city in the interest of raising revenue,” Lynch said Wednesday. “They were driven, at least in part, by racial bias and they occurred disproportionately against African-American residents of Ferguson.”

City officials in Ferguson have not responded to the lawsuit.

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  • For years, Ferguson has experienced discriminatory housing covenant policies, racism, economic inequality, and police brutality. The Ferguson City council talked about costs, but if they reigned in the cops many years ago (who were using racial biased policies and economically exploiting the citizens of Ferguson), then they wouldn’t have to worry about costs in the first place. The most important point is to promote equity and human justice. There should be no price tag on the necessity to make sure that the human rights of the people of Ferguson are fully protected.