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Civil Rights Leaders Request DOJ Investigate Kansas City Police

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Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
A group of local civil rights leaders point to a consistent pattern of systemic violations. Notably, they say that those include police-involved shootings with no accountability.

Citing a high rate of violence against people of color, four major Kansas City groups call on Attorney General Merrick Garland to scrutinize the city's police department.

A 15-page letter outlining the coalition's concerns was sent to Attorney General Garland earlier this week.

Citing "the disturbing patterns of misconduct, discrimination, and unconstitutional patterns and practices of violent policing targeting communities of color," the letter drew support from six additional Kansas City organizations and Jackson County, Missouri Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters-Baker.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
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