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Chicago police rarely disciplined for misconduct

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Nine people were arrested and one Chicago police officer was taken to the hospital Sunday night after he was struck by a bottle while trying to break up a fight. That officer was taken to Weiss Memorial and later released, while another police officer was treated at the scene. Police responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. of a large group fighting in the 4400 block of North Simonds near Montrose Beach. Charges are pending against the nine people arrested. Embargoed to Chicago, IL

CHICAGO (AP) _An analysis of data from the agency that investigates Chicago police misconduct shows it rarely recommends punishment and that the Chicago Police Board often doesn’t follow its recommendation to fire officers.

The Chicago Tribune’s investigation of the Independent Police Review Authority focused on cases where the complainant signed a sworn affidavit. The police oversight agency recommended punishment in less than 4 percent of thousands of cases.

Of 43 cases where firing was recommended, the police board agreed in 20 cases.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pledged to replace the agency _ known as IPRA _ with a more aggressive body. The mayor said in May that he would announce a fuller plan by June. That hasn’t happened.

Last year’s release of video showing a white officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times prompted the mayor’s promise of reform.