Massachusetts police squad routinely used excessive force: DOJ

The Springfield, Mass., police narcotics squad regularly punched people in the head and kicked them, according to a Justice Department investigation.
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In turned. Pattern and practice investigations. Department has done one or has been investigating one. Previous treatment generations ago says is that good enough. And where you. Willing to use that to in new to. Well I mean I think the Obama administration at a comparable time had done several. We have we here right now. There are issuing our findings and in line of Springfield. Police department in Massachusetts would. We found in that case it would there was a drug unity in the Springfield police department that. Was engaged in he. A pattern and practice of using excessive force. Oh so. Oh. I believe as I said that I'm not adverse to using pattern or practice I have no. In addition about it and enforcement tool. Even. But. I also feel that there are there sometimes are the ways of getting added rather than through using court consent decrees sometimes you can work with the police department well. He threw contracts and other things too. Work with them to improve the particular problem you fine without necessarily bringing the courts into it. And that has been successful I think. Sometimes these consent decrees contract again for a long time. And you know become more open checklist item purses. Sexually real change at the end of the day. If we think something has to be changed. Revenues would have for tool we think this can be successfully accomplishing.

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