CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of retired black Chicago police officers has joined the call for a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department’s practices, saying the Laquan McDonald case illustrates a problem with racism on the police force.
Retired Chicago Police Sgt. Michael Davis told the story of when he patrolled Englewood with a white partner many years ago.
“We would drive around, and he would speak out of the window, ‘Hey, a******, get over here!’” he said.
Davis said, while most cops are good, that kind of things remain a problem, and worse. He said the McDonald case is just one example of deep-rooted problems at the department.
“There are some additional shootings in this city that are worse than the shooting of Laquan,” he said. “The misconduct that you see has been going on for years in this city. The thing that is different now is cameras.”