U.S. ends inquiry into city police

From the Associated Press

A nearly five-year federal probe into possible civil rights violations at the Bakersfield Police Department is over.

The U.S. Department of Justice says it has finalized its investigation and found no breaches of the Constitution.

The investigation was launched in 2003 after the department was the subject of numerous lawsuits and complaints alleging excessive force and racial profiling.

Police Chief Bill Rector said Wednesday the Justice Department sent them a letter commending them for the positive improvements made since then.