Black Lawmakers Push to Expand Federal Probe

Several Black lawmakers in Illinois are pushing for the U.S. Justice Department to expand its investigation of the Chicago Police Department to include the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the civilian agency that investigates officer misconduct.

State Sen. and Chairwoman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, Kimberly Lightford, said that problems in the city go beyond the police department.

On Monday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a federal investigation into racial disparities executed by Chicago police. The Justice Department will also investigate officers’ use of force.

The announcement is in response to cries of protests following the release of dash cam video showing CPD Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally wounding 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Read more at Associated Press.