Chicago mayor defends proposed independent monitor of police

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says an independent set of eyes will help the city implement reforms discussed with the Justice Department


Associated Press

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says having an independent monitor oversee reforms of the city's police department is the next best thing to court oversight.

Emanuel said Monday he is not backing away from his January commitment to negotiate a court-enforced consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. However, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions oppose consent decrees.

Emanuel says an independent set of eyes will help the city implement reforms discussed with the Justice Department.

The department in January issued a scathing report on civil rights abuses by Chicago's police over the years. An investigation began in 2015 after the release of dashcam video showing an officer shoot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times.

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