US Justice Dept to investigate Baltimore police - report

2015-05-08 06:35
Baltimore police. (File, AP)

Baltimore police. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - The US Justice Department will conduct a federal probe into Baltimore's police department following riots triggered by the death of a black man under police arrest, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch could make the announcement as early as Friday, the Post said, citing two law enforcement officials.

A spokesperson for the Justice Department had said Wednesday that Lynch was "actively considering" a civil rights probe into the city's police department following a request from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The mayor asked for an investigation that would look into whether the city's police department "has engaged in a pattern or practice of stops, searches or arrests" that violated residents' legal rights.

On April 12, Freddie Gray suffered a serious spinal injury while in the back of a police van. The 25-year-old died from the injury a week later, setting off riots in Baltimore.

Racial tensions

The incident occurred at a time of exacerbated racial tensions in the United States, following the death of a number of unarmed black men at the hands of white police.

One of the most prominent cases was that of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old who was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri last year, sparking extensive and sometimes violent protests across the nation.

A federal civil investigation into the incident led to a damning report on racism and biased law enforcement in the St Louis suburb's police department.

"When there are allegations of wrongdoing made against individual officers and police departments, the Department of Justice has a responsibility to examine the evidence and, if necessary, implement changes," Lynch told a Senate subcommittee Thursday, according to the Post.

"The situation in Baltimore involves a core responsibility of the Department of Justice - not only to combat illegal conduct when it occurs but to help prevent the circumstances that give rise to it in the first place," she said.

Read more on:    us

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.