The U.S. Justice Department will launch a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, media reports say.
The move goes beyond the previously announced federal investigation into the killing of an 18-year-old unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson police officer, theWashington Post, CNN and NBC News reported, based on unnamed sources.
The investigation, which may be announced as early as Thursday, will examine training and practices of the Ferguson police, CNN reported, citing an unnamed Missouri official and a federal law enforcement official.
The investigation will be led by the department's Civil Rights Division following a process like that used in previous investigations of police departments, the Post reported.
Brown, who was unarmed, was shot at least six times on the afternoon of Aug. 9, and his death touched off two weeks of clashes between police and demonstrators in the small city near St. Louis. The majority of residences of Ferguson are black, and the city's police department is overwhelmingly white.
Federal investigators will look at other police departments in St. Louis County, the Postreports.
The Justice Department will also look at the practices of the county police department but in a more cooperative investigation, NBC News reported,citing an administration official.