DOJ opens investigation into Chicago Police Department

“Building trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve is one of my highest priorities as Attorney General,” Loretta Lynch said.

12/07/15 10:17 AM EST

“The Justice Department is opening a civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department to determine whether it has a pattern or practice of using excessive force or other violations of federal law, following public outcry sparked by the release of a year-old video showing an officer repeatedly shooting and killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

The agency was careful to say that its investigation is not directly connected to the McDonald case, but many officials and presidential candidates have called for such a probe in recent days, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has come under intense scrutiny for not initially supporting the release of the footage.”

Nick Gass, 12/07/15 , politico.com, “DOJ opens investigation into Chicago Police Department”, http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/doj-announces-investigation-into-chicago-police-department-216486

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