"Chicago's police routinely used excessive force on duty"

Federal investigators in the US have issued a scathing report that blames institutional problems within the Chicago police department for discrimination.

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

The US Department of Justice civil rights investigation says Chicago's police routinely used excessive force, tolerated racially discriminatory conduct and often maintained a "code of silence" among officers to thwart investigations into misconduct.

Federal investigators in the US have issued a scathing report regarding the Chicago police department. They say officers regularly use force that is "unjustified, disproportionate and otherwise excessive".

The findings are the result of a year-long investigation into the city's police department. It was sparked by protests following the release of a shocking video showing a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Chicago has had a long reputation for brutality, especially in minority communities. The findings blame institutional problems within the department for discrimination.

Nina-Maria Potts is covering the lastest findings from Washington DC.

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