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*(Via CNN) – The Justice Department is preparing to bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over a pattern of racially discriminatory tactics used by officers, if the police department does not agree to make changes on its own, sources tell CNN.

Attorney General Eric Holder said this week he expects to announce the results of the department’s investigation of the shooting death of Michael Brown and a broader probe of the Ferguson Police Department before he leaves office in the coming weeks.

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Meanwhile, Rev. Al Sharpton has issued a statement on the proposed action by the Justice Department:

“The reports that the United States Justice Department is preparing to sue the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, is a monumental step on a long road towards police accountability and fairness in our quest for justice. National Action Network has been involved with the Michael Brown case from the beginning and has asked for the Justice Department to review both the Ferguson police and the Michael Brown killing from day one. While we feel that this does not answer the specific violations of the civil rights of Michael Brown being violated, it gives a strong national message to police departments around the country. We still hope the federal government will deal with the specific Brown case but we are encouraged with the move on the police department as a significant step in the right direction. We will continue fighting with the Brown family for justice in that case and we will continue working with clergy, local officials, and activists towards ensuring a fair police department in Ferguson.”

– Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network