The United States Department of Justice announced Friday that after weeks of uproar and protest it would open an official investigation into the Baltimore Police Department to determine whether the discrimination and events that led to the brutal death of Freddie Gray were part of systemic pattern of abuse.After traveling to the city this week, the newly anointed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that recent events, including the \u0022tragic in-custody death of Freddie Gray,\u0022 had led to a \u0022serious erosion of public trust,\u0022 prompting local officials and community leaders to seek federal oversight of policing practices.The investigation, Lynch continued, will determine \u0022whether the Baltimore Police Department has engaged in a pattern or practice of violations\u0022 of the U.S. Constitution or the community\u0026#039;s civil rights, focusing specifically on \u0022allegations that Baltimore Police Department officers use excessive force, including deadly force; conduct unlawful searches, seizures and arrests; and engage in discriminatory policing.\u0022On Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who requested the probe, also said the DOJ will investigate whether the department has \u0022engaged in a pattern of stops, searches, or arrests that violate the Fourth Amendment.\u0022The patterns or practice investigation will occur in addition to a federal probe announced April 21, which is examining whether civil rights laws were violated specifically during Gray\u0026#039;s arrest.\u0022A just resolution in Baltimore will address not only the city’s long history of police violence, but also the economic privation and state control that helped spur such strong resistance by its residents.\u0022 —Sharlyn Grace and Oren Nimni, National Lawyer\u0026#039;s GuildThe city is already undergoing a voluntary investigation with the DOJ into alleged police brutality, which began six months prior to Gray\u0026#039;s death.The announcement comes a week after Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the state would be filing criminal charges against the officers involved in Gray\u0026#039;s death.Though welcoming the news, civil rights advocates question whether either prosecution of the officers or a federal investigation can go far enough to address the root causes of police violence against people of color.In an op-ed on Friday, attorneys Sharlyn Grace, National Lawyer\u0026#039;s Guild (NLG) national vice-president, and Oren Nimni, chair of the NLG United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC), wrote about the need to address the \u0022deeply entrenched conditions and systems\u0022 that led to the deaths of Gray and others killed by police.\u0022The problem is not just these six cops. The problem is also not just the Baltimore Police Department (although they are notorious),\u0022 write Grace and Nimni.They continue:While the police continue to enforce conditions of poverty, there will be violence. While the police continue to degrade and dehumanize women, trans* and gender non-conforming people, there will be violence. While the police occupy communities of color, there will be violence. When we seek an end to police violence, we seek, in part, an end to police.A just resolution can only come from addressing systemic issues in policing and real attempts to meet the needs of the community at large, things that prosecution is not designed to handle. A just resolution in Baltimore will address not only the city’s long history of police violence, but also the economic privation and state control that helped spur such strong resistance by its residents.