Obama Justice Dept. says Chicago police officers use unreasonable, unconstitutional force. No mention of the unreasonable violence Chicago police face
A sprawling federal investigation into the Chicago Police Department found that it “engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force,” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced Friday.
In a scathing 161-page report, released while Lynch spoke at a news conference in Chicago, the Justice Department said investigators found that city’s police officers use force, “including deadly force, that is unreasonable.”
The 13-month investigation further determined that this pattern was “largely attributable to systemic deficiencies” in the city and police force, according to the report, which said that the police department’s uses of force are unconstitutional. Investigators determined that the Chicago police force has not provided officers with proper guidance for using force, failed to hold officers accountable for improper uses of force and has not properly investigated such incidents.
Vanita Gupta, head of the department’s Civil Rights Division, said that Chicago officers were found to have shot people who posed no immediate threat and shocked people with Tasers simply for not following verbal commands.