Head of IPRA resigns ahead of DOJ investigation

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Scott Ando

Scott Ando

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the resignation of the head of Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) Sunday.

IPRA is the independent agency that investigates allegations of Chicago police misconduct. Scott Ando was in charge of IPRA for four years. His resignation is effective immediately.

Ando's replacement is Sharon Fairley. She is currently First Deputy and General Counsel of the city’s Office of the Inspector General after having served as an Assistant United States Attorney for eight years.

Sunday's announcement follows reports that the Justice Department is expected to launch a civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department similar to probes of police departments in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

According to the news release, Emanuel "would welcome the engagement of DOJ on a broad review of the police department."

The Chicago police force has been under intense scrutiny since the recent release of a video showing police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.