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Department of Justice launches civil rights investigation into city of Memphis, police department

Memphis Commercial Appeal
July 27, 2023

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is opening a civil rights investigation into the City of Memphis and the Memphis Police Department to determine whether there is a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the constitution or federal civil rights law, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Kevin G. Ritz for the Western District of Tennessee made the announcement, saying the investigation was not prompted by one incident, but by multiple reports of violence and racism by the police department.

Read more of Katherine Burgess and Lucas Finton's reporting on the DOJ announcement in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

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