Impact of Justice Department’s Ferguson report felt in Pasco
SEATTLE (AP) — The Justice Department’s report on Ferguson is resonating with other communities where residents feel its findings sound familiar: a mostly white police department overseeing a mostly minority town, patterns of racial profiling and profit-driven law enforcement.
Felix Vargas, chairman of a Hispanic organization in Pasco, says there’s a problem in his community and others in the U.S.
The racial makeup of Pasco has been changing is now more than half Hispanic, but only one in five of its police are. In February, three officers — two white and one Hispanic — fatally shot an immigrant farmworker.
Former Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says police departments should reevaluate their relationships with the people they serve. But, she says those efforts also should extend beyond police.