Attorney General Loretta Lynch And DOJ To Investigate Chicago Police Department
After the release of the Laquan McDonald police shooting death footage and the impending release of the footage of Ronald Johnson being gunned down by a seemingly murderous cop, there are going to be MORE big changes in the police department in the city of Chicago…
The Justice Department will investigate the Chicago police for possible civil rights violations, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday morning.
As the second largest force in the nation, Chicago’s will be the biggest city department the Attorney General’s office has ever investigated. (Puerto Rico’s was the largest department overall).
The investigation will focus on the Chicago Police Department’s use of force, including racial, ethnic and other disparities in use of force, and its systems of accountability, Lynch said.
“Our goal in this investigation, as in all of our pattern-or-practice investigations, is not to focus on individuals, but to improve systems; to ensure that officers are being provided with the tools they need — including training, policy guidance and equipment — to be more effective, to partner with civilians and to strengthen public safety,” Lynch said.
Amazing what the political machine can get accomplished when they really put their mind to it…
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wrote to Lynch Dec. 1 to urgently request an investigation into the police department. Madigan asked the DOJ to investigate issues including use of deadly force, discriminatory policing and internal misconduct to determine if they amount to civil rights violations.
Ooh, ooh, ooh! Can the NYPD be next? Pretty please with indictments on top.
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