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DOJ Launches Civil Rights Probe of Baltimore PD

May 08, 2015  | 

In the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday that the Department of Justice will launch a full-scale civil rights investigation into Baltimore's police.

"This investigation will begin immediately," Lynch said, adding that investigators will examine whether police violated the constitutional rights of residents.

The decision comes after local officials and community leaders pressed the Justice Department to launch an inquiry similar to investigations into police departments in Ferguson, Mo., and Cleveland that examined whether officers engaged in patterns of excessive force, the Baltimore Sun reports. 

"Our goal is to work with the community, public officials, and law enforcement alike to create a stronger, better Baltimore," Lynch said. "The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has conducted dozens of these pattern or practice investigations, and we have seen from our work in jurisdictions across the country that communities that have gone through this process are experiencing improved policing practices and increased trust between the police and the community."

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Morning Eagle @ 5/8/2015 3:46 PM

The only thing a little surprising about this is that it took her so long after being confirmed as AG to follow the same pattern set by her illustrious predecessor. Thanks to the 20 turncoat RINO's in the senate that voted to confirm her we are in for more of the same old politicalization and corruption that has prevailed in the Dept of INjustice since obama took over.

DEADMAN @ 5/8/2015 6:53 PM

Does she mean ,more hands-off of black suspects,ignoring crime in black neighborhoods or racist actions by the mayor's office in New York City,Baltimore and Cleveland,lessor or no charges because suspect is black or higher cash awards to alleged victims of police alleged misconduct,She didn't take long to jump in with both feet to cater to obama's devisive tactics.

kevCopAz @ 5/8/2015 9:08 PM

Perhaps Baltimore needs to be investigated, but I find it so telling that the Feds reacted this quickly in the Baltimore (and Ferguson) case yet they refused to investigate the IRS ( a FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT agency) when that agency blatantly violated the civil rights of conservative groups! They didn't even look into it at all ... being the two faced political bastards that are running this current administration. We in Law Enforcement are training and swear to treat ALL people fairly, guess this does not apply to Federal A.G.. This is disgusting how political the AG office has become under Obama. Sad, sick and should not be tolerated by a freedom loving fair people. AND they announce this on the very day that a NYPD officer who was killed is buried. Nice timing you LIB P.O.S.! This probably was just dumb timing on the Feds part, but after all that I have seen during the Obama/Holder years I suspect they did it on purpose just to take away attention from our hero brothers burial.

Jon Retired LEO @ 5/12/2015 7:45 PM

If I were you officers in Baltimore, I would make a life changing decision and leave. Its not easy but at least you could leave with your lives and a chance to start over somewhere where they would appreciate you.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/12/2015 10:58 PM

Nearly every big city in the USA has had to suffer a DOJ investigation over the past twenty years. Some have fought back and won and some have just rolled over. If that is the real "Kevcop" commenting, you need to calm down and go back on your medication.

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