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Justice Department to launch probe in Ferguson, Mo.

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department plans to open an investigation into the practices of the Ferguson Police Department following an officer’s shooting last month of an unarmed black man in the Missouri town, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday night.

The person said the investigation could be announced as early as Thursday. Missouri officials were notified Wednesday of the investigation.

The person said the investigation will look at the training and practices, including patterns of stops, arrests and use-of-force of the police department.

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