Illinois AG files a lawsuit pushing for federal oversight of Chicago Police reform
By Brian Seay
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan speaks at a press conference Tuesday alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel, second from right, and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, right. (Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
Alderman Paddy Bauler once said that “Chicago ain’t ready for reform.” That was in 1955 when Richard J. Daley was first elected mayor. Now, more than half a century later, the City of Big Shoulders continues its struggle with reform measures.
Case in point: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging it maintains police conduct in violation of state and federal law, namely excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
“For nearly 50 years, reviews of CPD’s policing practices have identified significant failures by CPD officers to act lawfully,” the complaint says.
If all of this sounds familiar, that’s because this is a variation on a theme. Madigan’s lawsuit is an effort to reignite calls for a consent decree that came following a damning report from the Department of Justice earlier this year, alleging rampant Constitutional abuses by those serving within the Chicago Police Department.
But a week after the report was released, President Donald Trump was sworn in, and then Republican Sen.