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Lawyers see opportunity in Justice Department report on Baltimore police

The blistering Department of Justice report on discriminatory policing and civil rights violations in Baltimore could provide a boon to one population, legal analysts say: people looking to sue the city over alleged misconduct. Several say the report released last week could strengthen the cases of people with claims against the police....

The federal investigation in Baltimore covered the years from 2010 to 2015.The statute of limitations in Maryland for many civil claims involving police misconduct is three years, but there are exceptions in some wrongful-death actions.

Latoya Francis-Williams, an attorney who handles civil lawsuits against Baltimore police, said she now wants to seek the raw data that federal investigators received from the city."I cannot think of any reason under the law why the information should now be protected given that it's in a public report," Francis-Williams said.

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