On Wednesday, one day after the local city council meeting where the Department of Justice and the City of Ferguson were working on an agreement to improve the poor treatment of minorities by authorities, the Department of Justice announced that it is filing a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, MO

According to the Department of Justice's report issued just 7 months after 18-year-old Mike Brown was fatally gunned down, "Ferguson's law enforcement practices are shaped by the City's focus on revenue, rather than by public safety needs," and that despite making up a mere 67% of the population, African Americans accounted for "93% of Ferguson Police Department's arrests from 2012-2014." On Tuesday, Ferguson city officials voted unanimously to accept the Justice Department’s proposed reforms if Federal officials would agree to seven changes (including deadline and salary stipulations). After further review, the DoJ rejected the city council's requests, stating unfairness. Head of the DoJ's department of civil rights, Vanita Gupta made a promise that the government “will take the necessary legal actions” to improve the city's courts, and police encounters and practices

“The city of Ferguson is and will be open to continued negotiations with the Department of Justice," states city council member, Wesley Bell, while also stating that the proposed changes made by the city council “maintain the spirit and integrity of the consent decree," in agreeance with the city's mayor, who has also been in on the 7 month long negotiations

Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a mouthful for the city of Ferguson, MO as she announced the suit, and held no punches: