Department of Justice to Investigate Chicago Police
The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the Chicago Police Department.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made the announcement Monday.
The investigation will focus on the Chicago Police Department’s use of force, including use of deadly force, racial, ethnic and other disparities in its use of force and its accountability mechanisms.
The federal government will look at whether the Chicago Police Department engaged in patterns of violations of the constitution or federal law.
The call for a federal investigation intensified following the release of dash-cam video showing the shooting of LaQuan McDonald.
McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to his death.
The Department of Justice is also conducting a civil rights investigation into McDonald’s death.
Meanwhile, newly released police reports from the night McDonald died are dramatically different than what the dashcam video shows.
The police and coroner’s report is nearly 400 pages long and doesn’t match what is on surveillance video.
Officer Van Dyke wrote that “McDonald raised the knife across his chest and over his shoulder, pointing the knife at Van Dyke and attempting to kill Van Dyke. ”
Six seconds after Van Dyke arrived on scene, the teen is still walking away from officers. Van Dyke fires his first shot at that point.
Van Dyke wrote “In defense of his life, Van Dyke backpedaled and fired his handgun at McDonald to stop the attack.”
Van Dyke’s partner wrote that McDonald quote “swung the knife toward the officers in an aggressive manner.”
Two other officers on scene documented that McDonald was “waving” the knife at officers. A sergeant, who reviewed the dashcam video said it was “consistent with the accounts of all witnesses.”
In all, six police accounts don’t match the video.