CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is asking the Chicago Police Department to release the video that shows an officer shooting a black teenager 16 times last year, killing him.
In a letter released Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Neil Olson says the department failed to offer evidence that releasing the video would interfere with an ongoing investigation of the October 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Read the article here.
This is not surprising in light of the recent Department of Justice report that Black Americans are more susceptible to non-fatal force by police officers: the study “found that an annual average of 44 million U.S. residents older than 16 had at least one face-to-face contact with police between 2002 and 2011. About 75 percent of those who had encountered force from the police perceived the force to be excessive.”
In response, there has been significant public reaction, changing laws and a call for police accountability and reform. The U.S. Department of Justice to tally complaints against use of force by police again next year. A related article, Forced reforms, Mixed results, noted that “[t]he question is whether such interventions work. The Justice Department has not studied the long-term outcomes at the law enforcement agencies it has targeted.”