discussion question

The founding fathers were deeply divided over which cases federal courts should hear and which cases state courts should hear. Indeed, the drafters of the U.S. Constitution were deeply divided over whether there should be any federal courts besides the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Michael Brown, a young African-American male, was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since the shooting, the United States Department of Justice investigation highlights racism within the Ferguson police department “at its worst.” The Department of Justice investigation blasted the police and the courts in writing, saying, “they help lay the groundwork for the unrest of the police killing of Michael Brown.” The strained relations between the police and the citizens of Ferguson, caused by bad police practices and community mistrust, prompted the intense community reaction to Brown’s death. Now the citizens rely upon local municipal (city) courts to address specific next actions against the Ferguson Police, based on the federal investigation.

After conducting some online research on the case of Michael Brown, answer the following questons:

1. Should this Civil Rights case be heard heard in the Federal Courts, or the State Courts?  Explain.



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