LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that the Chicago Police Department will be the subject of a federal investigation. On December 1, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan requested that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate "whether practices by the Chicago Police Department violate" federal law. Today, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the DOJ will begin a civil rights investigation of the department.
The investigation was largely a result of continuing fallout from the police shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014. Lynch said that the investigation “will examine a number of issues related to the CPD’s use of force, including its use of deadly force; racial, ethnic and other disparities in its use of force; and its accountability mechanisms, such as its disciplinary actions and its handling of allegations of misconduct.”
The problem reached a boiling point when dashcam footage was released showing the shooting of McDonald. There were discrepancies between the version of the shooting in police reports and what appeared to have happened in the video recording. Lynch hopes that the investigation will help build trust between the people of Chicago and the city’s police department. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been criticized for his administration’s handling of the police department’s problems. Rahm has forced Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to resign.
Today, the city released video footage of the shooting of Ronald Johnson by Chicago police. The police officer who did the shooting was not criminally charged for the shooting. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said that the evidence shows that Johnson was armed at the time he was shot.
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