CHICAGO (CBS) — Two days after saying it would be unnecessary for the U.S. Justice Department to add the city’s Law Department to its probe of the Police Department’s use of force, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said his administration would order a “third-party” review of the agency, in the wake of a judge ruling a city attorney hid evidence in the case of a fatal police shooting.
On Tuesday, Emanuel said it was “not possible” the city’s Law Department was part of a “code of silence” he has acknowledged exists in the Police Department, and said the Law Department should not be included in a federal civil rights probe of excessive force by Chicago police officers.READ MORE: Police Responding To Barricade Situation In Morton Grove
On Thursday, the mayor shifted gears, and said Corporation Counsel Steve Patton soon will announce plans to bring in a third party to look at the Law Department.
The move comes after a top city attorney, Jordan Marsh, resigned in disgrace, after U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang sanctioned the city and ordered a new trial over a fatal 2011 police shooting, because Marsh had intentionally withheld an audio recording about the shooting of Darius Pinex. and then lied about doing it.
“What that lawyer did was unacceptable, and he’s gone,” Emanuel said Thursday.