DOJ Says Chicago Police Violated Civil Rights For Years

Wochit Headline News - January 14, 2017

The Justice Department has said the Chicago Police Department has been violating people's civil rights for years.

They blasted the nation's second-largest department for using excessive force, which included shooting at people who did not pose a threat and using stun guns on others because they refused to follow commands.

The report was issued after a yearlong investigation, which was sparked by the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald who was shot 16 times by a white officer.

The federal investigation concluded officers were not sufficiently trained or supported, and that many who were accused of misconduct were rarely investigated or disciplined.

The findings come a week before a change in administration, which could reorder the DOJ's priorities.

President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general nominee has said such investigations into police departments can smear entire police departments and harm officer morale..

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