CHICAGO -- A scathing draft report about the Chicago Police department says the department must own-up to its racist history and excessive force allegations so that true reforms can be made.
The 18 page executive summary of the task force report was leaked ahead of the official release.
Mayor Emanuel’s handpicked task force was tasked to examine police accountability, and, in their words, “make recommendations essential to building trust and lasting change.:
The report says the tipping point was Officer Jason Van Dyke’s 16 shots that killed Laquan McDonald in October 2014. The initial reports of the shooting, called superficial and false.
The executive summary goes on to call out institutional failures going back decades that can no longer be ignored. It notes it has reached this point because of a mentality in CPS that the ends justify the means and of a failure to make accountability a core value.
The task force also finds, as many have said in the past, that the public has lost faith in the oversight system and that Chicago’s police accountability system is broken.