U.S. probes New York City police unit over ‘gender-biased policing’

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By Kanishka Singh WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Justice Department said it has opened a probe into a division of the New York City Police Department looking at whether it engages in gender-biased policing, including how it handles investigations of sexual assault and treatment of survivors. The Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday that it had received information alleging deficiencies at the NYPD’s Special Victims Division (SVD) that have “persisted for more than a decade.” The alleged deficiencies include failing to conduct basic investigative steps and instead shaming and abus…

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