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At DOJ town hall, Baltimore residents talk about their experiences with police misconduct

The U.S. Justice Department is holding its first public forum since the agency began an investigation into whether the Baltimore Police Department has habitually violated the civil rights of Baltimore's citizens.

The Justice Department held the forum Thursday at the University of Baltimore Law School, where residents were invited to speak individually with agency attorneys about their experiences with the police.

The agency opened its investigation in May, shortly after the city erupted in unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody.

The probe will focus on whether the police department engages in a pattern of excessive force; unlawful stops, searches and arrests; and discrimination.