Baltimore Police Custody Death Spurs U.S. Civil-Rights Inquiry

Protestors shout at the police after a march for Freddie Gray that ended in front of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station, April 21, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The U.S. Justice Department has opened a preliminary civil-rights inquiry into the death of a Baltimore man after his arrest by police, as the Obama administration scrutinizes law enforcement practices nationwide.

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