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Feds stepping up excessive force cases

'Pattern and practice' investigations are on a steep upswing, according to a review of Justice Department statistics

By Mike Carter
Spokesman Review

SEATTLE — If the Seattle Police Department feels singled out by the U.S. Department of Justice and its findings of an unconstitutional pattern of excessive force by officers, it shouldn't.

It was one of three law-enforcement agencies in the span of a few days last month that were accused by the federal agency of violating the rights of the people they're supposed to protect and serve.

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