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In the direct aftermath of Michael Brown's death in August 2014, police in Ferguson, Missouri displayed inconsistent leadership, used ineffective strategies to respond to protests, and failed to understand endemic problems within the community—among other shortcomings—according to a new report published Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department.
The report, After-Action Assessment of the Police Response to the August 2014 Demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri (pdf), conducted by a research team from the from the Florida-based nonprofit Institute for Intergovernmental Research for the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services office, analyzed the 17 days immediately following Brown's death.