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Feds Study L.A. Police Scandal

March 13, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ High-ranking Justice Department officials are personally looking into possible federal civil rights violations in the city’s police corruption scandal.

The Justice Department has monitored the Police Department since 1996 to determine whether excessive force allegations have a recognizable pattern.

Bill Lann Lee, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, and Steven Rosenbaum, who oversees the Justice Department’s inquiry into LAPD conduct, were arriving Monday for two days of interviews with police and city leaders, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The corruption scandal stems from allegations that anti-gang officers in the Rampart Division beat, framed and sometimes shot innocent people.

The Justice Department could seek a court order to force the department to accept an outside monitor of its investigation, implement reforms or turn over police records.

However, such strong action is rare.

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