DOJ Finds Pattern of Civil Rights Violations in Chicago Police Department

Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes to talk about why he wasn't interviewed by the U.S. Justice Department for their investigation of the Chicago police department's "best practices", which are guidelines that were set by McCarthy.

According to Justice Dept. findings, the Chicago police "have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats", The New York Times reports.

The report is the conclusion of a 13-month investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD), launched after the October 2014 police killing of 17-year-old black Chicago resident Laquan McDonald, whose fatal shooting was captured by the patrol car's dashboard camera.

"One of my highest priorities as Attorney General has been to ensure that every American enjoys police protection that is lawful, responsive, and transparent", Lynch said.

At the press conference, both federal and city officials stressed that numerous report's recommendations came directly from police officers who felt they lacked proper training and support from the department.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch (right) and U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon announce an investigation into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department on December 7, 2015. The DOJ did not, however, uncover a "pattern or practice" of racially discriminatory policing in Chicago. Asked if the DOJ's agreement with Chicago would stick after the change in administration, Lynch said the agreement was not dependent upon "one or two or three" people who lead the DOJ, but on the work of all involved in the process, including Chicago city officials. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on the same day the video came to light. Officials from the Justice Department and city will negotiate a final settlement.

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U.S. Justice Department officials will announce their findings Friday after a yearlong look into Chicago police conduct.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed through reforms since the investigation began, including overhauling a police oversight body.

Discriminatory actions by police officers, which lie at the heart of the eroded community trust toward law enforcement, were, again and again, unaddressed, the report concludes.

That's if recruits can make it to patrol duty without getting injured in training facilities the report called "dangerous" and "exceptionally substandard". They also met with more than 90 community organizations and spoke to more than 1,000 Chicagoans.

The Justice Department found widespread issues with unconstitutional policing in Baltimore after it opened a probe there following the controversial death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man whose death while in Baltimore Police Department custody spurred violent protests in the city.

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