The DEVELOPMENT of the Chicago police violated the Fourth Amendment by means of a “pattern or practice of use of excessive force,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday, revealing the results of a large-scale study that the city’s former top cop called biased from the beginning.
The Justice Dept. started with a review of 12,000-officer force — one of america’s largest-in December 2015, after the release of the dashcam video shows a white policeman shoots a black teen Laquan McDonald, 16 times as he walked away with a small, folded knife. The video of the 2014 recordings, which the city fought to keep will be released, led to widespread protests.
Among other things, the findings of the report city police used excessive force and that “this pattern is largely attributed to systemic deficiencies within CPD and the City.” Also cited insufficient training and a failure to hold bad officers accountable.
“The resulting lack in confidence and responsibility is not only bad for the residents, it is also bad for the special police officers trying to do their work safely and effectively,” Lynch told reporters during a press conference.
Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told Fox News the Justice Dept. never interviewed him for his report, even though he was on the force until late-2015. Speak to “America’s Newsroom,” he suggested it was because “my story does not fit with what they want to say.”
McCarthy said that the actions of the police were not to blame for Chicago’s skyrocketing violent crime rate. Last year saw nearly 750 homicides in the city, more than 650 of them shooting.
Under President Obama, the Justice Dept. has conducted, 25 civil rights investigation of the police departments, including Cleveland, Baltimore and Seattle, among others. The release of a report is a step in a long process that in the past years, has usually led to bilateral discussions between the Ministry of Justice and a city, followed by an agreed police reform plan that is enforceable by a federal judge.
These “consent decrees” under the incoming Trump administration, analysts have pointed out. The president-elect’s nominee for the attorney-general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala, wrote in 2008 that they “have a profound effect on our legal system as they constitute an end run around the democratic process.”
The scandal about the McDonald’s video and accusations of a cover-up has cost McCarthy his job.
The video that showed Officer Jason Van Dijk continues to shoot the teen, even as he slumped to the ground, unmoving, provoked outrage. It was not until the day that the video was released, that was more than a year after the shooting, that Van Dijk was indicted for murder. He pleaded not guilty.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, called the findings “sobering to all of us. The police misconduct will not be tolerated anywhere in thecity of Chicago.” Current Supt. Eddie Johnson said unconstitutional politicing “has no place in his department or in the city.
FoxNews.com’s Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.