Justice Department to Investigate NYPD Sex Crimes Unit

The U.S. Justice Department has launched a sweeping inquiry into the New York Police Department's famed sex crimes investigators following years of complaints about the way they treat crime victims.

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U.S. Attorney Breon Peace speaks to members of the media outside federal court, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Federal law enforcement is investigating the New York Police Department’s treatment of sex crime victims after concluding there is “significant justification” to do so and after receiving reports of deficiencies for more than a decade, prosecutors said Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has launched a sweeping inquiry into the New York Police Department’s famed sex crimes investigators following years of complaints about the way they treat crime victims. The civil rights investigation, announced Thursday and spurred by a letter last year from appalled victims, will examine whether the NYPD’s Special Victims Division engages in a pattern of gender-biased policing, officials said. “Survivors of sexual assault should expect effective, trauma-informed…

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