CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a Justice Department civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department, in the wake of the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
The federal probe will examine if the Chicago Police Department’s policies and practices violate federal law or the U.S. Constitution; especially whether there are any racial disparities in its use of force. The investigation will be separate from a federal criminal investigation of the McDonald case, which has stirred a series of protests across Chicago over the past two weeks.
“Every American expects and deserves the protection of law enforcement that is effective, that is responsive, that is respectful, and most importantly constitutional,” Lynch said.
Federal prosecutors and the FBI already are conducting a criminal probe of the McDonald case. Lynch said the civil rights probe would be a separate investigation.