Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a federal lawsuit against the "racist" city of Ferguson, Missouri Wednesday, saying citizens have waited much too long for justice.
Last year, investigations by the Department of Justice found "systemic and systematic" racism in the city's police department practices. A 26-week negotiation was sparked between the DoJ and the Ferguson City Council to reach an agreement on how to address those "findings." Though an agreement was reached weeks ago, the council ultimately voted against the deal.
Lynch found this move "extremely unfortunate" and "profoundly disappoint[ing]," according to ABC News. And so she will now use federal power to sue the city:
The residents of Ferguson have waited nearly a year for their city to adopt an agreement that would protect their rights and keep them safe. They have waited nearly a year for their police department to accept rules that would ensure their constitutional rights…
But as our report made clear, the residents of Ferguson have suffered the depravation of their constitutional rights, the rights guaranteed to all Americans for decades. They have waited decades for justice. They should not be forced to wait any longer.