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TX Civil Rights Project requests Dept. of Justice to investigate latest police shooting

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The Texas Civil Rights Project is asking the Department of Justice to investigate the Austin Police Department, after last week's officer-involved shooting that left a man dead.

Jim Harrington, with the Civil Rights Project, sent a letter to the DOJ Friday, referencing past complaints filed against APD last year and in 2004.

He says, "The matter seems to be getting much worse, and shows no signs of improving."

Harrington says the DOJ entered into a detailed agreement with APD after those prior complaints.

Friday's letter says, "racial profiling probably played a role in this tragedy, too" and went on to say, "this is the third police shooting death this year, and the sixth use of deadly force."

Harrington also points a finger at the Austin City Council, saying it's not providing proper oversight of the police department.

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