DOJ Launches Civil Rights Probe Into Mount Vernon PD

civil rights investigation into a police department in a New York City suburb.
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that it would be opening a civil rights investigation into a police department in a New York City suburb.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the DOJ's Civil Rights Division announced that the "pattern-or-practice" probe would evaluate allegations concerning the Mount Vernon Police Department's use of force and strip searches.

"Police officers have tough jobs, and so many do their work honorably, lawfully, and with distinction, respecting the rights of the citizens they have sworn to protect," said Damian Williams, the U.S. Attorney for New York's Southern District. "But when officers break the law, they violate their oath and undermine a community’s trust."

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