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AG Loretta Lynch announces DOJ probe into CPD practices

WBEZ broadcasted the live news conference by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch announcing a Department of Justice Civil Rights Investigation into the Chicago Police Department. The move comes in the wake of the October 2014 police shooting of 17-year-old African American Laquan McDonald and the subsequent release of a dash cam video showing the incident. The calls for a Justice Department probe began with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Last week she wrote a letter to Lynch asking the Department to determine whether CPD violated the Constitution and federal law. Since then, the calls have increased: US Senator Dick Durbin called for an investigation, as did Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. And Sunday, Durbin’s Republican colleague US Senator Mark Kirk said in a statement that the Justice Department should hold anyone involved in wrongdoing accountable. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)

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