Justice Department: Chicago Police Engage in Pattern of Abuse

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A NATO protestor is arrested after refusing to let go of a police bicycle, Saturday, May 19, 2012, in Chicago.
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The Department of Justice released an investigation into the Chicago Police Department on Friday that found that the department "engages in a pattern or practice of using force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution."

“One of my highest priorities as attorney general has been to ensure that every American enjoys police protection that is lawful, responsive, and transparent,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “Sadly, our thorough investigation into the Chicago Police Department found that far too many residents of this proud city have not received that kind of policing."

Community activists have long criticized Chicago's police force — one of the largest departments in the country — for being overly brutal and having poor relations with residents, especially minorities. A report from a task force commissioned by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel corroborated those complaints.

Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear Lori Lightfoot, the president of the Chicago Police Board and partner at Mayer Brown law firm, discuss the DOJ findings.