Illinois AG Sues Chicago to Force Police Reforms

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday sued the city of Chicago, contending Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s reforms are not sufficient to prevent Chicago police from continuing a pattern of deadly and excessive force that disproportionately hurts African-Americans and Latinos, reports the city’s Tribune. Despite the sharp criticism in the lawsuit, Madigan and Emanuel appeared together at a news conference where they called the effort “a partnership.” Madigan’s move pushes Emanuel toward acknowledging he will have to accept a federal judge’s oversight of the police department, a still-to-be-negotiated agreement that likely will cost the city millions of dollars in reforms and run for several years.

The lawsuit also means Emanuel will have to agree to pursue reforms beyond what his administration already has put in place, at a time when the city continues to deal with surging homicide and shooting numbers. Complicating that effort are ongoing contract negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police, which blasted Tuesday’s announcement as “a potential catastrophe for Chicago.” At the news conference, Madigan listed what she saw as the city’s policing deficiencies, from inadequate training and a lack of supervision to “a failure to investigate misconduct and discipline officers.”

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