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Justice Department To Investigate Chicago Police Department.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday announced a federal civil rights probe into the Chicago police department’s use of force, prompted by the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager.

The investigation comes amid rising tensions in the city following the release of a graphic police dashcam video of the October 20, 2014 incident that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald shot 16 times by a police officer. Emanuel says the police department’s challenges go beyond one case and says he’s making several reforms, including appointing a new leader for the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police-involved shootings. Pulaski, uniformed officers confronted the armed offender who refused to comply with orders to drop the knife and continued to approach the officers,” said the statement, from Oct. 21, 2014. “As a result of this action, the officer discharged his weapon striking the offender.” On the night of the shooting, a police union spokesman, Pat Camden, went further, announcing at the scene that Mr.

The investigation will be separate from a federal criminal investigation of the McDonald case, which has stirred a series of protests across Chicago over the past two weeks. “Every American expects and deserves the protection of law enforcement that is effective, that is responsive, that is respectful, and most importantly constitutional,” Lynch said. McDonald’s and other high-profile police killings drove hundreds of protesters to block Chicago’s retail district on Black Friday, the U.S.’s post-Thanksgiving sales event. Camden said, “He was coming at the officer.” For months in 2014 and 2015, as police shootings were drawing close scrutiny around the nation, that was all most Chicagoans knew about Mr. He adds that city officials need to ask if existing policies on deadly force are the right ones and if the training provided to officers in life or death situations is sufficient. McDonald, who was holding a knife when he was shot, is seen gunned down in the middle of the street by police officer Jason Van Dyke who continues shooting after the 17-year-old falls to the ground. “Our mutual goal is to create a stronger, better police department that keeps the community safe while respecting the civil rights of every Chicagoan,” he said.

The mother of a 25-year-old man fatally shot by Chicago police in 2014 says even though the officer won’t be charged, she intends to press authorities until she gets justice. Dorothy Holmes and her attorney Michael Oppenheimer said Monday afternoon that they still believe there was a cover up in the death of Ronald Johnson III. Nothing is more important to me than the safety and well-being of our residents and ensuring that the men and women of our Police Department have the tools, resources and training they need to be effective crime fighters, stay safe, and build community trust,” the mayor said. “I think this is going to have a golden opportunity for the Justice Department to come in and clean up what we’ve been talking about for so many years; the injustices that have happened within the police department, going all the way from hiring to firing,” he said.

McDonald seeming to try to jog or walk past officers, then veering at an angle away from them before being shot, again and again, even as he lay on the pavement. Carrie Austin (34th), a key mayoral ally, said 98 percent of officers, but a few bad apples, and she said its “despicable” some officers apparently lied on police reports about the McDonald shooting. Video released as Illinois prosecutors announced they won’t charge a Chicago police officer who shot an allegedly gun-wielding suspect in the back does not include audio as it should.

Emanuel, Kelley Quinn, said, “Any suggestion that politics played a role in this investigation is patently false.” Faced with growing criticism and demands for his resignation, Mr. The Obama administration, buffeted by nationwide unrest over police conduct, has opened about two dozen investigations into law enforcement agencies in Baltimore; Ferguson, Mo.; Los Angeles; and elsewhere. Lynch said she hoped that the investigation would not only examine whether practices in Chicago violated constitutional practices, but also deter abuses elsewhere. Suspicions of hostile treatment by the public, she said, have fueled unrest in a number of cities. “Building trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve is one of my highest priorities as attorney general,” Ms. Lynch said. “The Department of Justice intends to do everything we can to foster those bonds and create safer and fairer communities across the country.” Already, outcry over the case appears to be forcing a change.

At a news conference Monday, Assistant State’s Attorney Lynn McCarthy slowed down the video to show what she says is a gun in the 25-year-old black man’s hand. Workers at a nearby Burger King said the police arrived almost immediately after the shooting and began intensely studying a computer that handles the restaurant’s surveillance system. Dick Durbin says the investigation shouldn’t be viewed as a penalty but rather an opportunity to identify areas where Chicago police have “fallen short.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is welcoming a U.S. He had failed to get the 50 percent plus 1 vote that he needed to win re-election to a second term outright, and was forced into an April 7 runoff with Jesus G.

Emanuel’s campaign was especially vulnerable among some black and Latino voters who had been upset by his administration’s closing of nearly 50 public schools as well as policing and crime. “If that video would have surfaced around that time, he would have lost the whole support of the black, African-American community in Chicago,” said William Calloway, an activist here. Robbins said he believed that the issue unfolded when it did simply because he and his co-counsel were able to assemble their evidence at that point. “How much did politics play in on the city’s end?” Mr. From our standpoint it was happenstance.” After a meeting in mid-March, lawyers for the family and the city reached an agreement to pay the family $5 million.

The official is not authorized to speak about the announcement and would only speak to Associated Press reporter Don Babwin on condition of anonymity. Patton, Chicago’s Corporation Counsel, had already told members of the council’s finance committee at a public meeting: “The shooting officer contends, as I understand it, that Mr. McDonald had been walking away from the police and was continuing to walk away from the police, and they contend that the videotape supports their version of events.” Requests from the media for the video came, one after the next.

A freelance journalist, Brandon Smith, filed suit to see the video — an effort the city’s lawyers continued to fight until the Cook County judge ruled against them on Nov. 19. He has since said a task force needs to decide whether to change a policy of keeping evidence private while investigations are going on. “That’s a hypothetical,” he told a crowd gathered to watch him interviewed on stage with Politico at the Willis Tower. “And that said, I faced the election, faced the voters.

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