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Ex-NY Detective: Justice Dept Never Vetted Ferguson Witnesses

Thursday, 05 Mar 2015 04:29 PM

Retired NYPD Detective Harry Houck says the Justice Department's scathing criticism of the Ferguson, Missouri, police force relied heavily on witnesses whose testimony was never verified.

"I didn't like the fact that they went out and spoke to probably dozens and dozens, maybe scores of people out there who made comments about the police department and they didn't do any fact checking and [discover] whether or not these incidents really occurred," Houck said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They took it all at face value and the officers themselves did not get to explain what happened in some of the reports … There's always two sides of a story, not just one side."

The Justice Department cleared white police officer Darren Wilson of civil rights charges this week in last year's fatal shooting death of black teen Michael Brown. But the agency said it found a pattern of racial bias within the Ferguson Police Department.

It concluded the shooting took place in an environment of systemic mistreatment of blacks, where officials traded racist emails and jokes and minorities were disproportionately stopped and searched, fined for petty offenses, and subjected to excessive police force, according to The Associated Press.

"What they want to do is they want to point the finger at the police department and especially white police officers here as the bad guy," Houck — president of Houck Consulting, a New York-based detective agency — told Steve Malzberg.

"This report should be stated as the investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, the city and its courts. Not all the problems here are a result of the police officers."

He said one "crazy" city law states that if somebody is walking in the street, is told to get on the sidewalk and doesn't, that person can be arrested.

"That's really insane, and a stupid law like that was implemented by who? Politicians, so they can create more revenue for the city," Houck said.

"That's one of the biggest problems here. Cops are being made the bad guys for the politicians … It's not about the safety of the city, it's about revenue. It's all about money."

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