CHICAGO (CBS) — An expert on federal investigations of police department misconduct said the Justice Department’s probe of Chicago police use of force likely will be a worthwhile process, but also a costly one.
University of Alabama School of Law assistant professor Stephen Rushin said when the Justice Department investigated the Los Angeles Police Department starting in the late 1990s, reforms were instituted resulting in a dramatic reduction in police misconduct.READ MORE: Mother Has Questions After Police Shoot, Kill Man They Say Was Wielding Knife In Englewood
The professor is completing a book called “The Answer To Police Misconduct,” evaluating the use of federal reforms on police departments engaged in a pattern or practice of misconduct.
Rushin said the current situation in Chicago closely resembles the one in Los Angeles when the Justice Department launched the same type of “pattern and practice” investigation of police use of force.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Coming As Work Week Begins
“I’m a big fan of this. I really believe that this is the most powerful weapon that the federal government has when it comes to trying to incentivize reform in local police departments,” he said.