Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the Chicago Police Department’s practices violate federal and constitutional law.

Madigan said Tuesday that the “shocking death” of Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old who was fatally shot by white police officer in 2014, raises serious questions about the use of lawful and excessive force. She says trust in the police department is “broken.”


In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Madigan noted five other high-profile cases in Chicago, including the death of 25-year-old Ronald Johnson, who was shot by police last year and the arrest of Jerome Finnegan, a special operations officer who was part of a ring of cops who carried out, among other crimes, burglaries and home invasions. Read more…

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