US Attorney General announces civil rights probe

Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition lead a protest through the Loop in Chicago on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in response to the Laquan McDonald shooting and continuing Chicago Police investigation. About 200 protesters are demonstrating following the release of documents showing that police officers' accounts of the 2014 killing of McDonald differed greatly from what was captured on dashcam video. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) – Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department.

The investigation will search for patterns of unconstitutional policing practices throughout the police force.

The announcement comes nearly two weeks after the city released the explosive video of a white Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times, killing him.

The investigation will be led by the Justice Department’s civil rights division.

Its focus goes beyond the October 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald to look at the police force’s policies on use of force, including racial, ethnic and other disparities, and its accountability systems.

The investigation is similar to ones recently undertaken in other cities, including Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. A Justice Department investigation of the Cleveland police force ended earlier this year in a sweeping settlement.

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