Federal officials to investigate racial makeup of KC police

The U.S. Department of Justice plans to investigate whether the Kansas City Police Department discriminates against blacks and Hispanics in hiring and promotions, according to a letter released today.

The city's legal office received the letter from the federal agency Wednesday. The letter said the agency has information indicating the percentages of blacks and Hispanics in the department are "lower than would be expected for an agency of this type."

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