Is CPD being investigated by FBI? Letter posted online stirs up questions

A lawyer representing Chicago police officers claims the department has been under the microscope. But the Dept of Justice, the FBI and the CPD deny the allegations the feds are investigating the police department.

Who is telling the truth?

It all started with a letter dated August 29th, from attorney Daniel Q. Herbert, a lawyer who specializes in representing police officers accused of misconduct.   The letter is to Dean Angelo, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police. The first line says… “It has come to my attention that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office are investigating certain police-involved shootings, specifically ones in which an offender’s gun was not recovered.”

The letter, posted on the blog Second City Cop, goes on to say that an officer should not talk with a federal agent unless he or she has an attorney present.

Today at a Dept of Justice press conference in Washington, a top aide to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said she didn’t know anything about an investigation.

The U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois, Zach Fardon and the special agent-in-charge for the FBI here issued a joint statement saying, “There is no open pattern and practice civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department. The Chicago police department is our front-line partner, along with the federal law enforcement agencies, in our determined efforts to reduce violent crime in Chicago. At the same time, the Dept of Justice remains equally vigilant to protect the civil rights of all individuals without fear or favor.”

The letter by attorney Herbert said there was a “criminal” investigation. The joint letter by the U.S attorney Fardon and Special Agent Holley says there is no “civil” investigation.

Calls made to Daniel Herbert and FOP president Dean Angelo were not returned.

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