The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the Chicago Police Department following protests over the city's handling of last year's killing of a black teenager shot by a white police officer, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday.
U.S. authorities will look at the department's use of force, including deadly force, among other issues, she said at a news briefing to announce the civil probe.
"Our goal in this investigation ... is not to focus on individuals but to improve systems," Lynch said.
She said federal officials would be investigating "constitutional violations" in one of the nation's largest police departments.
"What we are looking is to see whether or not the police department as a systemic matter has engaged in constitutional violations of policing," the nation's top law enforcement official said.
...suddenly a lot of people in charge of that "system" in Chicago are suddenly resigning.
The Chicago Police Department's chief of detectives resigned from his post Monday amid a series of resignations following the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.
A police source confirmed Constantine "Dean" Andrews' resignation Monday. Andrews was promoted from deputy chief of detectives to the top spot by former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy in October. During his tenure as deputy chief of detectives, Andrews was in charge of investigating the David Koschman case, which he closed without charges against Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
It is unclear who will replace Andrews.
Andrews' resignation follows the resignation of Scott Ando, formerly the head of the Independent Police Review Authority, who stepped down on Sunday. McCarthy was also ousted last week by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Quite a lot of heads rolling in Chicago this week, and it's only Monday.
But Mayor Rahm Emanuel? He's not going anywhere. Guaranteed.