It was a blistering report announced by the Ministry of Justice on Friday. The Chicago Police department has abused, excessive force and is not held senior officers responsible, or trained them properly. The ministry of justice started looking into the department after dashcam videos that were released in 2015 of a police officer-involved shooting that killed Laquan McDonald.
Some of Chicago’s most prominent leaders want President-Elect Donald Trump in support of the Ministry of Justice the report and to have a face-to-face conversation with him about the violence in Chicago.
“What about the high crime?” asked the Bishop Larry Trotter of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church. “We as leaders need to meet with the President-Elect Trump.”
Bishop Trotter and other religious leaders met Saturday. Many of them believe that the DOJ report is a step in the right direction, but doesn’t tell the whole story.
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“We need to talk about race relations and police relations,” said the Bishop James Dukes of the Liberation of the Christian Church. “We still live in a society when black men see blue lights behind them and they are afraid.”
He is the pastor of the south side of the church said that he wants to discuss jobs, mass incarceration, and the core of the problem behind the violence, with the President-elect.
In addition to the city begin negotiations with the Ministry of Justice on a consent decree, which a federal monitor would be appointed to oversee changes in the police department.
Police Inspector Eddie Johnson welcomes the changes and said that they already started with the implementation of the reforms by the hiring of more civil servants to add body cameras department-wide and the increase of the training.
“Since I became superintendent you will have seen that we are doing things differently,” said Superintendent Johnson on Good Day Chicago on Saturday. “We have been on the videos much faster, we are taking decisive action when we see what the problems are and so we are going to build on, but believe me, we acknowledge that CPD has to be better.”
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