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Justice Department Announces Chicago Police Investigation

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (center) speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice with Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta (left), head of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon (right) of the Northern District of Illinois on December 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. Lynch announced a Justice Department investigation into the practices of the Chicago Police Department during the press conference.   (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (center) speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice with Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta (left), head of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon (right) of the Northern District of Illinois on December 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. Lynch announced a Justice Department investigation into the practices of the Chicago Police Department during the press conference. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a federal civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department. This comes nearly two weeks after a white Chicago police officer was charged with the first-degree murder of a black teenager armed with a knife that occurred last year.

Also today, the Chicago prosecutor declined to press charges against a second Chicago police officer involved in killing a fleeing suspect, in a different incident from last year. The prosecutor released police dashcam video of that incident today.

Rob Wildeboer of WBEZ in Chicago speaks with Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt about the ongoing developments.

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