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>> The Chicago Police Department engaged->> A scathing new report out from the Department of Justice slamming Chicago Police for what the DOJ described as a routine use of excessive force, racial discrimination and lack of oversight.>> This patterns includes, for example, shooting at people who present no immediate threat and tazing people for not following verbal commands.
This conduct doesn't only harm residents, it endangers officers.>> The DOJ probe sparked by protests after police released video showing 17 year old Laquan McDonald being fatally shot 16 times by Jason Van Dyke, a white police officer later charged with murder. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Friday, saying the CPD are taking steps in the right direction to rectify the problems in the department.
>> But our report makes clear that there is still considerable work to be done, work that will require federal partnership and independent oversight.>> The Attorney General announcing a court enforced agreement creating an independent monitor to oversee Chicago's cops and ensure compliance. So called consent decrees have been a hallmark of police reform under President Barrack Obama.
Reuters correspondent Julia Edwards covers the Justice Department.>> The Obama Justice Department has entered into consent decrees with over a dozen police organizations. These are not meant to criminally prosecute anyone. But they are meant to hold police departments accountable for what they call patterns and practices of discrimination or of excessive use of force.
It's also important right now to be tracking what happens to a lot of these investigations that are open as the new administration comes in. It's pretty widely known that the Trump administration has not had the same kind of record of advocating for civil rights as the Obama administration.
So it's very likely that a lot of the cases that are open right now, where federal investigators are looking into how police operate, it's very probable that a lot of those could be dropped or just cancelled immediately. The move to reform the Chicago Police Department comes as the city battles an historic spike in murders.
More than 750 people were killed in 2016, the highest since 1997.