This is Ferguson all over again, except it’s on steroids.
U.S. 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 U.S. 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.
Rawlings-Blake told a news conference the investigation would look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects and arrests to see if they violated the U.S. Constitution.