Attorney General Dick Thornburgh Thursday ordered a Justice Department review of all reported complaints of police brutality in Los Angeles in the last six years to determine if there is a pattern of misconduct.

Thornburgh's announcement came after he met with two lawmakers who urged the Justice Department to broaden its investigation of the beating of a motorist by Los Angeles officers to include other allegations of brutality against the city's police.The attorney general said in a statement that he had asked the Justice Department's civil rights division "to undertake a review of all official complaints filed in this area within the past six years to discern whether any pattern of misconduct is apparent."

Thornburgh also ordered the department's National Institute of Justice to determine if there is a correlation between police brutality and a lack of adequate training and internal disciplinary procedures.