We applaud the decision by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch a pattern and practice investigation of the Chicago Police Department. For Chicago, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to explore systemic ills inside the Chicago Police Department, problems that have been identified repeatedly and consistently for many decades. We hope that the Department’s investigation can change the culture inside the CPD. As we see from each new revelation about the Department, this situation calls for fundamental change – not tinkering around the edges.
We have communicated to the Attorney General, providing some context and background on issues that have plagued CPD for years, and offered to meet with the DOJ team when they are in Chicago. We welcome the opportunity to move the entire community forward in a positive fashion, and we stand prepared to assist in that process.
- Press Release: A Call for Justice for Laquan McDonald
- Blog: Laquan McDonald’s Final Seconds Tell Us We Have No Time to Waste. Reform the Police Now.
- Press Release: Statement on release of video showing the death of Laquan McDonald