Pittsburgh settles with U.S. on police abuse probeFebruary 26, 1997
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Justice Department Wednesday said the city of Pittsburgh has agreed to major reforms, ending a year-long civil rights investigation of its police department.
Pittsburgh had been accused of engaging in a pattern of misconduct and police brutality since the mid-1980s. It is the largest city to be hit with a federal civil rights consent decree.
Pittsburgh city officials agreed to require police officers who use force to write reports describing their specific actions and explaining why force was required. The police department also will set guidelines for training, supervision, discipline and complaint procedures.
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