Chicago proposes independent monitor for police department, source says

CHICAGO  — The city has proposed to the U.S. Justice Department that its police department be overseen by an independent monitor, a source at city hall tells WGN News.

The Justice Department in January issued a scathing report on civil rights abuses by Chicago's police department over the years. It found that institutional problems had led to serious civil rights violations, including racial bias and a tendency to use excessive force. The investigation began in 2015 after the release of dashcam video showing an officer shoot a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times.

It is unclear how such a proposal would work because independent monitors typically are appointed by a court.