Justice Department Opens Pattern or Practice Investigation into the Chicago Police Department

December 7, 2015

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced today that the Justice Department has opened a civil pattern or practice investigation into Chicago Police Department (CPD), pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.  The department’s investigation of CPD will seek to determine whether there are systemic violations of the Constitution or federal law by officers of CPD.  The investigation will focus on CPD’s use of force, including racial, ethnic and other disparities in use of force, and its systems of accountability.

Prepared Remarks: Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Investigation into Chicago Police Department

Press Release: Justice Department Opens Pattern or Practice Investigation into the Chicago Police Department

Updated December 21, 2015