FILE - Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a news conference, Sept. 22, 2016, at the Justice Department in Washington. The Justice Department is moving forward with its plans to collect data on how often law enforcement  officers use force and h...
FILE - Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a news conference, Sept. 22, 2016, at the Justice Department in Washington. The Justice Department is moving forward with its plans to collect data on how often law enforcement officers use force and h...

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.