US to launch federal probe into Baltimore police practices

WASHINGTON - US Attorney General Loretta Lynch will launch a federal probe into whether Baltimore's police department has engaged in a "pattern or practice" of excessive force, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The Post, citing two law enforcement officials, said Lynch's announcement of the investigation could come as soon as Friday.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the US Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate the city's police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody.
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