Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) speaks during a news conference Dec. 23, 2015 in Chicago, Ill. 
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Sanders: DOJ should investigate every police-involved death


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that federal investigators should be involved in all cases involving deaths in police custody.

“This is a responsibility for the U.S. Justice Department to get involved. Whenever someone is killed in police custody, this should automatically trigger a [DOJ] investigation,” Sanders said during the Democratic presidential debate Sunday night. 

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Sanders is the first of Democratic hopeful to call for an automatic federal investigation into deaths in police custody. His remarks comes as public trust in police-involved shootings in particular has eroded and leaders have called for independent agencies to carry out investigations as an unbiased approach to justice.