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Justice report criticizes Puerto Rican police
Justice report accuses Puerto Rican police of persistent illegal practices, discrimination
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Justice Department's civil rights division says the 17,000-officer police force in Puerto Rico has unnecessarily injured hundreds of people and killed numerous others, engaging in a longstanding pattern of illegal practices.

In a 116-page report, the Justice Department says Puerto Rican police routinely conduct illegal searches and seizures without warrants.

The department says police in Puerto Rico appear to routinely discriminate against people of Dominican descent.

The New York Times first reported on the civil rights division study.

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