DOJ: Chicago Police Department Engages In A Pattern Of Excessive Force

Police released a dashcam video Tuesday evening that shows a police officer shooting 17 year old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014.The Justice Department released a statement Friday morning about a long-standing pattern of civil rights violations in the Chicago Police Department.

“The CPD engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force, in violation of the 4th Amendment,” outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a news conference Friday. She added the department has “severely deficient training.”

The federal investigation was launched more than a year ago after the 2015 release of a video showing a white Chicago Police officer shooting and killing Laquan McDonald a black teenager 16 times. In 2016, Chicago saw more than 730 homicides, the cities highest number since the ’90s.