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    Fayetteville, North Carolina police officers do not readily share information among themselves and over-police minorities during traffic stops, the US Department of Justice said in a release on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The release came in conjunction with a Justice Department report on Wednesday about the training and operations of the Fayetteville Police Department (FPD) that was undertaken to examine its use of force and interaction with the community it serves.

    "The assessment team found that the lack of information-sharing protocols between the FPD and the State Bureau of Investigation significantly hinders the department’s investigative efforts," the release explained.

    The investigation also found that racial disparities during traffic stops and excessive use of force have led to continued citizen complaints against the FPD.

    The Justice Department Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Director Ronald Davis said the findings provide an important look into the way the FPD acts.

    "Through improved transparency, training, oversight and accountability, and community engagement, I am confident the department will see great improvement in its law enforcement policies," Davis said.

    Over the past year, the Justice Department has opened probes into police practices in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland after protests erupted throughout the United States in response to police brutality and killing.


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