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Justice Department to investigate Baltimore police: sources

Justice Department to investigate Baltimore police: sources

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch plans to launch a full-scale civil rights investigation into use of force by Baltimore police officers, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. The decision came as local officials pressed for the Department of Justice to launch an inquiry similar to investigations into police departments Ferguson, Mo., and other cities, examining whether police engaged in patterns of excessive force. In both of those cities, unrest erupted after unarmed people were killed by police. Lynch visited Baltimore this week and met the family of Freddie Gray, the West Baltimore man who last month died of a severed spine and other injuries sustained in police...

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