The U.S. Department of Justice has informed Austin officials that it will not look into the Austin Police Department and whether officers abide by police department policies, a refusal that followed a series of police shootings and a request by the city for federal review.
In a letter from the Justice Department that City Manager Marc Ott received Wednesday, federal officials praised the city for taking a “proactive approach” to policing and in addressing community relations, but said they had already conducted an extensive review of the department’s policies.
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