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Task force: Chicago police must acknowledge troubled past

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CHICAGO (AP) _ A task force established by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to look into police practices says the department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul its handling of excessive force allegations.

The Task Force on Police Accountability recommends abolishing the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates officer misconduct.

The panel was created in the wake of protests over a white officer’s fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. A video of the 2014 shooting released last year contradicted police accounts that he was threatening officers before he was shot.

A draft of the task force’s executive summary, first obtained by the Chicago Tribune, criticizes the police department and its oversight agency for being “broken.” It calls for a better system to identify problem officers and a new deputy chief of diversity.