Re­port says Chicago po­lice vi­o­lated civil rights for years

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Chicago po­lice have vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tional rights of res­i­dents for years, per­mit­ting racial bias against blacks, us­ing ex­ces­sive force and shoot­ing peo­ple who did not pose im­me­di­ate threats, the Jus­tice Depart­ment an­nounced Fri­day after a year­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Of­fi­cers en­dan­gered civil­ians, caused avoid­able in­juries and deaths and eroded com­mu­nity trust that is “the cor­ner­stone of pub­lic safety,” said Vanita Gupta, head of the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s civil rights di­vi­sion. The fed­eral re­port blamed “sys­temic de­fi­cien­cies” within the depart­ment and the city, in­clud­ing in­suf­fi­cient train­ing and a fail­ure to hold bad of­fi­cers ac­count­able for mis­con­duct.

The find­ings come just a week be­fore a change in ad­min­is­tra­tion, from a White House that has strongly backed the fed­eral re­view process to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s, whose com­mit­ment to the sys­tem is un­clear.

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