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Federal grand jury still probing Burbank Police Department, records show

4:01 PM PST, December 21, 2012

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A federal grand jury is continuing to examine evidence as part of a years-long investigation into alleged civil rights violations by Burbank police officers, according to court documents and sources familiar with the investigation.

Officials with the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI, which has been investigating allegations of excessive force since 2009, declined to comment on any aspect of the probe.

The Times first reported in 2009 that subpoenas had been issued by a federal grand jury seeking information and records concerning a dozen officers.

But recent court filings show that a grand jury has asked for additional information, including "various deposition transcripts and exhibits" from at least two federal civil cases involving Burbank police officers Omar Rodriguez and Bill Taylor.

In response to the filings, U.S. District Judge George H. Wu gave the green light to Burbank officials to cooperate with the court order, the documents show.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times