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CPD to Release Evidence on Shootings

Chicago officials have announced plans to release a significant amount of evidence from roughly 100 open investigations into police shootings and the use of force on Friday.

The Washington Post reports the disclosure follows intense scrutiny of the city’s department. The agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct plans to make the material public. This includes videos, audio recording and reports.

The move is the latest to follow public outcry over video footage showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being fatally wounded 16 times by  CPD Officer Jason Van Dyke.

That video, released in November, prompted mass protests over the fact that the recording took more than a year to be released, and what it revealed.

Van Dyke has been charged with murder.

The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) is an agency that investigates any time someone dies or is seriously injured while in CPD custody. They will post the information online as part of a new policy that calls for the city to release such information more quickly.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the decision was “an important step” in restoring residents’ trust in Chicago police.

According to city officials, a half-dozen departments have been working to get the evidence ready for release.