Monday, April 18, 2016

JUSTICE IN AMERICA - Internal Affairs, Chicago Police

"Inside the Chicago Police Department’s race problem" PBS NewsHour 4/14/2016

IMHO:  The only way to really solve this problem is to fire all police officers over 30.  The ones who HAVE been steeped in prejudiced and the infamous 'blue-shield.'


SUMMARY:  An accountability task force appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel found that the Chicago Police Department has engaged in a long pattern of institutionalized racism that has alienated black and Hispanic residents.  For more on what the report means for Chicago, and how officials are planning to reform the city’s law enforcement services, John Yang talks to Lori Lightfoot of the Chicago Police Board.

JOHN YANG (NewsHour):  Chicago has seen months of outcry aimed at the nation’s third largest police force.  Just this week, demonstrators marched after the latest fatal shooting of a black teenager.

Now, after a four-month review, a police accountability task force has delivered a damning assessment.

LORI LIGHTFOOT, Chicago Police Board:  Many people said that they believe that the police that they encountered were fundamentally racist.

JOHN YANG:  The report says the police department’s own data gives validity to “the widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.”

Exhibit A, 74 percent of those shot by police in recent years were African-American, even though blacks make up just a third of the city’s population.  It all came to a head last fall, when police dash-cam video showed a white officer killing black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014.

Facing a firestorm, Mayor Rahm Emanuel created the task force, and sacked the police superintendent.

MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL (D), Chicago, Illinois:  Congratulations.

EDDIE JOHNSON, Superintendent, Chicago Police Department:  Thank you, sir.


JOHN YANG:  Yesterday, the city council unanimously approved Chicago police veteran Eddie Johnson as the new superintendent.

EDDIE JOHNSON:  I promise the citizens of Chicago, the elected officials, and the rank-and-file police officers; I will do my best, my absolute best, to regain the trust and to resolve some of this violence that we have out here.

JOHN YANG:  Both Johnson and Emanuel say they’re now reviewing the task force’s recommendations.

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