Emanuel disagrees with request for DOJ police probe

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CHICAGO (AP) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a federal civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s tactics would be “misguided.”

He made the remarks on Wednesday during a breakfast in Chicago hosted by Politico.

A day earlier, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan requested an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to determine whether the police department’s practices violate federal and constitutional law. She cited five high-profile cases, including the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald by white police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Federal officials are already investigating that case itself, but have not detailed what aspect.

Emanuel says another overall probe, like the one requested by Madigan, would slow down the conclusion. He says he’s awaiting the results of the ongoing federal investigation.

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