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US Justice Dept Issues Scathing Report on Chicago Police Civil Rights Abuses


FILE - Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a news conference.

The U.S. Justice Department has issued a scathing report on civil rights abuses by Chicago's police department over the years.

Justice Department officials released the report Friday after a yearlong investigation. It found that institutional Chicago Police Department problems had led to serious civil rights violations, including racial bias and a tendency to use excessive force.

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The investigation was launched in 2015 after the release of dashcam video showing an officer shoot a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times.

The report is one step in a long process that, in recent years, has typically led to bilateral talks between the Justice Department and a city, followed by settlement plan that a judge enforces.

The case may signal how committed President-elect Donald Trump's administration will be to pushing for police reform.