The Chicago police department will be under the scrutiny of the Department of Justice amid allegations of excessive force, Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated on Monday.
The DOJ will look into whether the department suffers from endemic problems of corruption, excessive force, and it will further assess the department’s racial composition and internal accountability.
Hundreds of demonstrators have been protesting the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of a Chicago police officer last year. The officer involved, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with first-degree murder only hours before a judge ordered the video of the shooting released.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement on the prospect of a DOJ inquiry. “Our mutual goal is to create a stronger, better Police Department that keeps the community safe while respecting the civil rights of every Chicagoan. 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 statement read.
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