( 4UMF NEWS ) Justice Department To Investigate Chicago Police:
The Justice Department will open an investigation into the practices of the Chicago Police Department following outrage over a cop’s shooting of a black teenager 16 times, according to a new report.
The federal inquiry into the patterns and practices of the embattled police force could be announced as early as this week, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The feds would investigate whether department policies result in the violation of Chicagoans’ civil rights.
Calls for an outside examination of Chicago police came after authorities released video of Laquan McDonald being gunned down in the street by officer Jason Van Dyke, who now faces a charge of first-degree murder.
The disturbing video — and that fact that the city fought its release for over a year — added to calls for an overhaul of the police department.
Amid the furor, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and announced the formation of a task force to review the department.
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