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NYPD Sex Crimes Unit Under Justice Department Investigation

  • Alleged acts include ‘abusing’ and ‘re-traumatizing’ victims
  • Police Department pledges to cooperate with probe, US says
New York Police Department officers patrol a subway station in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

New York Police Department officers patrol a subway station in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
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The New York City Police Department division that probes sex crimes is under investigation itself by the US Justice Department for the way it handles incidents, including reports of gender bias and the shaming of victims. 

The federal government is investigating allegations of “failing to conduct basic investigative steps and instead shaming and abusing survivors and re-traumatizing them during investigations,” according to a statement by the US on Thursday.