Attorney General Loretta Lynch has agreed to investigate the practices of the Chicago PD.
Just like AG Eric Holder and the DOJ did after Ferguson.
There was no sense of trust after the DOJ investigation of Ferguson because it led no where.
Would I be going out on a limb to suggest that this will be another federal investigation that ends up in a black hole?
Lynch has already promised that she has no interest in pursuing the actions of individual cops or political leaders. Rather the DOJ task is to restore trust.
“This mistrust from members of the community makes it more difficult to gain help within investigations, to encourage the victims and the witnesses of crime to speak up and to fulfill the most basic responsibilities of public safety officials. And we suspicion and hostility is allowed to fester, it can erupt into unrest. And when suspicion and hostility is allowed to fester, it can erupt into unrest. Building trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve is one of my highest priorities as Attorney General.”
The highest priority of a federal Justice Department investigation should be to uncover the truth and prosecute those who violated the law.
Trust may follow if that is done.
What the Progressive Caucus and Black and Hispanic caucuses of the City Council might consider is establishing a Citizen’s Task Force to investigate the CPD. It could be made up of long-time community leaders and young Black Lives Matter activists who are unwilling to stop short of pursing those in the highest places.
Trust would follow the results of an investigation like that.
No more cover-ups.
No more hidden videos.