In one of her first acts on the job in 2015, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for an end to rioting in Baltimore by promising an independent civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man whose fatal injuries in police custody had provoked the unrest.
"We will continue our careful and deliberate examination of the facts in the coming days and weeks," she said. Her top deputies promised the work would be done "expeditiously."
Now, two years later, Lynch has left office without having completed the investigation, and without providing an update on its status.
Officials in the Justice Department's Civil...