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US Department of Justice Doesn't Want Chicago Police Department Reform

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday said the federal government will oppose the proposed consent decree between Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the city of Chicago that aims to push forward reforms within the Chicago Police Department. Sessions said his Department of Justice will file a statement of interest opposing the agreement because it's "critical that Chicago get this right." If approved, a federal court and a court-appointed monitor would ensure police reforms are carried out by certain deadlines. "There is a recognition that the mistakes of the past are the mistakes of failing to reform,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Wednesday. “I don't even know what Attorney General Sessions is talking about at this point but we need real reform and I think the people throughout the city of Chicago are committed to that.” The announcement comes on the heels of the verdict in the murder trial of Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke. A jury found the officer guilty of second degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery Friday for the 2014 shooting death of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald. The case helped spark a federal probe into CPD’s practices — the DOJ issued a scathing report in January 2017 and recommended the department make changes to its use of force policy, to increase transparency and to improve officer training.  Morning Shift talked with Madigan as well as a trio of police reform and accountability advocates for their reaction. We also heard from Chicago Tribune reporter Dan Hinkel




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