Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the results of a year-long investigation into the Chicago Police Department Friday.
“The Department of Justice has concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that the Chicago Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment,” she said.
In an official DOJ report released on the same day, a number of incidents that allegedly involved “unjustified force” were highlighted, as reported by CNN:
- “Shooting at fleeing suspects who presented no immediate threat …”
- “Shooting at vehicles without justification …”
- “Using Tasers on people who posed no threat …”
- “Using force to retaliate against and punish people …”
Listen to Lynch’s full statement below:
During his confirmation hearing Tuesday, Attorney General-elect Jeff Sessions displayed an attitude that seemed contradictory to that of his soon-to-be predecessor.
“We need to be sure that when we criticize law officers it is narrowly focused on the right basis of criticism,” he said, according to WHBL. “To smear whole departments places officers at greater risk, and we are seeing an increase in the murder of law officers up 10 percent last year.”
He was right. The Washington Post reported two months ago that “the number of fatal ambush attacks on officers [in 2016] already exceeds the number in any of the past 10 years.”
Moreover, 746 men, women and children were murdered in Chicago last year by acts of violence committed by criminals, not cops.
That said, Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson agreed that the department needed to do better.
“Some of the findings in the report are difficult to read,” he said. “Quite simply, as a department, we need to do better.”
Sure, but it would be really nice if we could also talk about thug culture. Just saying …