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City Expected to Settle Police Hiring Lawsuit

On Wednesday, the Council will likely follow the recommendation made Monday by the council's finance committee to settle the class-action lawsuit

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    City Expected to Settle Police Hiring Lawsuit
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    Chicago's City Council is expected to approve a $3.1 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department that alleged the police department's residency requirements discriminated against foreign-born applicants.

    On Wednesday, the Council will likely follow the recommendation made Monday by the council's finance committee to settle the class-action lawsuit.

    The Justice Department alleged the policy requiring applicants to live in the United States for at least 10 years discriminated against 47 foreign-born applicants hoping to become police officers. In 2011 the city lowered the requirement to five years.

    The city's law department says the settlement has nothing to do with a Justice Department investigation of the police force launched after the release of the video of an officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald.

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