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The Latest On The Department Of Justice Report On The CPD

Racing against the clock before President Obama leaves office, the Justice Department has issued a scathing report charging the Chicago Police Department with engaging in a pattern of illegal “excessive force”, including “deadly force”.The video contradicted statements police officers gave about the shooting to investigators at the time.Asked about the investigation’s future, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch said talks between Chicago and the government would go on regardless “of who is at the top of the Justice Department”.”We found further that CPD officers’ force practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and others and result in unnecessary and avoidable shootings and other uses of force”, the DOJ report reads.A group of activists and relatives of Chicagoans killed by police officers gathered Friday outside the Central District police station, 1718 S. State St., to let the city know their thoughts and reaction to the Justice Department’s new report on Chicago police misconduct. “The failures we identified in our findings have deeply eroded community trust”, said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division.Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorsed the Justice report – yet he has also rightly complained that his police force has “gone fetal”. By having an accountability system, with consistent rules and results, that holds officers accountable when they violate law or policy.Since the January 16 report, the CPD has made an effort to equip more of their officers with body cameras.Just before the video was released, Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder; he pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.On Thursday, the Justice Department and the city of Baltimore announced they agreed to terms of consent decree, a court-monitored agreement that mandates the city implement a series of reforms of the city’s police department.The release of the report comes after a yearlong civil rights investigation into Chicago police.Gupta said the police department was cooperative and she believes the city’s leadership is committed to serious reform.”If we stretch it out we’re looking at an 11-month investigation”, said Dean Angelo of the FOP, adding that investigating “12,000 people” in that time frame is “pretty quick”.”The police reforms will not be rolled back in Philadelphia”, said Mayor Jim Kenney, who also announced the establishment of a permanent police advisory committee Friday. They reviewed thousands of department documents and analyzed a “randomized, representative sample of force reports” for shootings and other incidents that occurred between January 2011 and April 2016. The DOJ did not, however, uncover a “pattern or practice” of racially discriminatory policing in Chicago. The two consecutive announcements signal that the Obama adminsitration, which has taken an aggressive stance on reforming America’s police departments, is trying to tie up loose ends before ceding power to Donald Trump, who moves into the White House next week.