from The Daily Sheeple:
United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today that the Department of Justice will investigate whether Chicago police have made a habit of violating the law and the Constitutional rights of citizens.
Lynch said the “pattern-and-practice” probe, as it’s known, will focus on use of force, deadly force, accountability, and how the Chicago Police Department (CPD) “tracks and treats” those incidents.
“What we are looking at is whether or not the police department has engaged in unconstitutional policing. Our goal in this investigation…is not to focus on individuals but to improve systems,” she said.
The probe will be handled by the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.
From the DOJ’s press release:
As part of the investigation the department will gather information directly from police officers and local officials; community members, and other criminal justice stake holders, such as public defenders and prosecutors. The department will also observe officer activities through ride-alongs and other means; as well as review documents and specific incidents that are relevant to the investigation. Pattern or practice investigations of police departments do not assess individual cases for potential criminal violations; instead they look at incidents for patterns created by systems and practices.
Lynch’s announcement was delivered after nearly two weeks of protests in Chicago following the release of a 2014 police car dashboard video showing police officer Jason Van Dyke
dutifully executing killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke shot at his victim 16 times. Late last month, the officer was charged with first-degree murder.
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