Illinois Attorney General Calls for DOJ investigation of Chicago Police, as Family of Ronald Johnson Demands Release of His Tape
By Manny Otiko
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (Illinois Observer staff)
Although embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired police chief Garry McCarthy, his problems seem to be mounting. Several news sources are reporting that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has called for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the Chicago Police Department to determine whether they have violated the constitution and federal law.
According to NBC Chicago, Madigan wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to review the Chicago PD’s use of force and look into patterns of discriminatory policing. Madigan said she believed the CPD’s process of reviewing charges of officer misconduct was inadequate. In her letter, she cites the recently released Laquan McDonald shooting video and several other cases of officers who engaged in abusive and sometimes criminal behavior. Madigan points out one particularly egregious case involving Officer Jerome Finnegan, who was convicted in 2011 of trying to have another officer murdered. Finnegan received 68 complaints during nearly two decades on the force, but was never disciplined. Finnegan, and several other CPD officers, also placed antlers on the head of a Black suspect and took pictures with him. The photo was just released earlier this year, but was …read more
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