The Justice Department on Monday announced that it is opening a "pattern or practice "civil rights investigation into whether the Chicago Police Department's use of force, including racial, ethnic and other disparities, and accountability systems amount to a violation of federal law. The announcement follows public outcry sparked by the release of a year-old video showing an officer repeatedly shooting and killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
"Building trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve is one of my highest priorities as Attorney General," Loretta 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. And regardless of the findings in this investigation, we will seek to work with local officials, residents, and law enforcement officers alike to ensure that the people of Chicago have the world-class police department that they deserve."