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WORCESTER, MA — The U.S. Department of Justice in November launched a “pattern-or-practice” investigation into the Worcester police department, digging to find possible evidence of unconstitutional policing.
But if other similar investigations are any indication, it might be years before the DOJ releases findings.
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau this week released a report on similar “pattern-or-practice” investigations into police departments across the U.S. There have been 78 such investigations opened since the mid-1990s after a federal law change in 1994. Of those, federal investigators have released findings in 59 cases, according to the report.
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