Chicago Group Seeks Probe On Certain Cases

Dozens of medical students from various Chicago student associations stage a "die in" outside the county building, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, to protest the killing of Laquan McDonald by a police officer in Chicago. Many activists and analysts say the steps Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking to hold Chicago police officers accountable for abuses are way too timid. It's tinkering at the edges of deeply flawed structures or merely switching around managers, they argue, when what's needed is to scrap the entire system and start all over.(Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

Dozens of medical students from various Chicago student associations stage a "die in" outside the county building, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, to protest the killing of Laquan McDonald by a police officer in Chicago. Many activists and analysts say the steps Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking to hold Chicago police officers accountable for abuses are way too timid. It's tinkering at the edges of deeply flawed structures or merely switching around managers, they argue, when what's needed is to scrap the entire system and start all over.(Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

CHICAGO — The latest developments in Chicago's efforts to deal with fatal police shootings and police accountability (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Several families who say their loved ones were shot and killed by police are filing a complaint with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago to demand a complete investigation of their cases as well.

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression filed the complaint on their behalf Thursday.

Group members say they filed a similar complaint last year to no avail. But they hope to get more traction with renewed attention on police shootings after the release of video from last year that shows a black teenager fatally shot by a white officer.

The alliance turned over a list of dozens of cases, including shootings of teenagers by officers and what the group describes as coerced confessions and torture. Some group members described instances that sounded much like the shooting of Laquan McDonald — young men shot when they did not appear to pose any danger to police.

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3 p.m.

The Chicago Police Board says it's launching a nationwide search to find a new police superintendent after the forced resignation of the chief.

Garry McCarthy was forced to resign last week in the wake of the release of a video showing the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. Protests and calls for the resignation of top city officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have erupted since then.

John Escalante, a former chief of detectives, is interim police superintendent.

On Thursday, Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot said in a statement that the application for the position is comprehensive. As required by city law, the board will nominate three candidates for the mayor's consideration.

Prospective candidates will have until Jan. 15 to apply.

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8:55 a.m.

Police protests are resuming in Chicago, with several students staging a "die-in" on the sidewalk near Daley Plaza in downtown.

WLS-TV reports that the protesters lay on the ground Thursday morning for 16 minutes to represent the number of times a white police officer fatally shot a black teenager in October 2014.

The latest protest comes after a day of marches Wednesday in which hundreds took part.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave a speech Wednesday to aldermen apologizing in the wake of recent video footage showing fatal police shootings. The video of the teen being shot led to the forced resignation of the city's police chief and multiple investigations, including one from the U.S. Justice Department.

Some protesters have called for Emanuel's resignation.

Other protests are planned Thursday, including a 5 p.m. rally.

By The Associated Press - Dec. 10, 2015 6:10 PM EST AP

 
 

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