CHICAGO (AP) – Two Chicago newspapers are reporting the city has proposed to the U.S. Justice Department that its police department be overseen by an independent monitor.
The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times reported on the proposal, citing city sources they did not identify.
The Justice Department in January issued a scathing report on civil rights abuses by Chicago’s police department over the years. It found that institutional problems had led to serious civil rights violations, including racial bias and a tendency to use excessive force. The investigation began in 2015 after the release of dashcam video showing an officer shoot a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times.
It is unclear how such a proposal would work because independent monitors typically are appointed by a court.
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