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Chicago Aldermen Request Review of City Hall Lawyers

The aldermen recently sent a letter to the Justice Department asking for a review of Chicago Law Department practices

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    The U.S. Department of Justice has found that the Chicago Police Department violated constitutional rights by engaging in a “pattern or practice of use of excessive force,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday. Phil Rogers reports. (Published Friday, Jan. 13, 2017)

    Several Chicago aldermen want the federal government to follow its report on the city's police department with a review of City Hall lawyers.

    The aldermen recently sent a letter to the Justice Department asking for a review of Chicago Law Department practices, the Chicago Tribune reports. Law department lawyers represent officers accused of wrongdoing in civil cases.

    A Justice Department report released last week found civil-rights violations by Chicago police, including use of excessive force and a "pervasive cover-up culture."

    Alderman Roderick Sawyer is among those calling for a review. He says a cover-up culture extends to city attorneys.

    The law department has denied widespread misconduct. Mayoral spokesman Adam Collins says the city law department has implemented "significant reforms" to improve how city lawyers work.

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