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(Seattle Post Intelligencer) — The U.S. Department of Justice is launching a formal civil rights investigation of the Seattle Police Department following several high-profile violent incidents, federal officials said Thursday.  The incidents include the shooting death of a Native American carver, the stomping of a Latino suspect and the punching of an African American teenage jaywalker.  “I want to emphasize that we have not reached any conclusions,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said at a news conference. “I think this gives us a great opportunity to have experts with a new set of eyes … to help us see what is going right and what can be improved.”  The announcement followed the Justice Department’s decision in January to do a preliminary review of Seattle police’s use-of–force practices. That review came after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups called for an investigation into a possible pattern or practice of unnecessary use of force, especially against minorities.

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