Ferguson’s police department requires use-of-force reports to be filed whenever officers resort to force, whether or not it’s lethal. As Police Chief Thomas Jackson wrote in a 2010 internal memo, a supervisor is required to promptly file the report, which the department will use for “review and analysis.”
"This reporting system will help identify trends, improve training and officer safety, and provide timely information for the department addressing use of force issues with the public," Jackson wrote. "Early and accurate reporting helps establish agency credibility."
But not only was a use-of-force report in the case of Brown’s shooting not “timely” — in violation of the police department’s own regulation, it in fact never existed, as Yahoo News discovered after it requested to see the report, which is a public record.
Filing such a report is standard practice nationwide, as required by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The reports are used as a tool for police training, and help identify officers who have a tendency to use violence.
But the missing Michael Brown report is not an isolated case: Yahoo News asked to see the use-of-force report for a different case involving Wilson, in which a Ferguson resident he arrested in February 2013 alleged that he “roughed him up.” That report was found to not exist either.
"This suggests slovenly management," Paul Chevigny, a criminal law professor at NYU School of Law, told VICE News. "Use-of-force reports are supposed to support a system of early warning, by which the department can pick out those prone to violence for retraining. Failure to follow the regulations means that the department does not take the management of violence seriously."
If Wilson was “prone to violence,” the Ferguson police department failed to pick up on the warning signs, and its lack of a paper trail might have contributed to the problem.
"It’s very difficult to get a complete statement of facts when there’s a so-called officer-involved shooting, which is of course itself a way to talk around the fact that a police officer shot someone or killed someone," King said. "The incredibly blatant, unapologetic nature of the Ferguson police is almost unprecedented."
"The police report they released has almost no information on it, and they claim that everything else on that report is classified as investigative and should only be released to the prosecutor," he added. "If they had just released a complete police report in a timely manner, with all the information that you expect in a police report involving a fatal shooting, we’d be in such a different place."
Earlier this month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a civil rights investigation of the Ferguson police department in addition to a separate investigation it is conducting into the circumstances of Brown’s killing.
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Rich kids are scary