Deadly force

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces federal civil rights review

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U.S Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a federal civil rights review in the wake of reaction to a video that showed a fatal police shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald in Chicago 14 months ago. The use of deadly force will be investigated as well as measures in place to make officers accountable. The investigation will also look into whether Chicago police have engaged in constitutional violations and whether there has been a pattern of abuse, in which event the Justice Department will seek a “court-enforceable agreement with the Chicago Police Department,” Lynch said.

The attorney general said federal officials want to hear from community members who feel victimized by police, as well as from rank-and-file officers. Asked how long the review will take, Lynch declined to say but promised a “thorough, independent and impartial” investigation.

Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune.


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