Read Between the Lines
- There is no sweeping federal investigation of shootings by Chicago Police officers, Chicago’s top feds said Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon and FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Holley both moved to deny the existence of any such investigation after an attorney who specializes in representing cops last week wrote to the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, warning of a federal probe of police shootings.
Fardon and Holley had previously refused to comment on the letter.
But reports about attorney Dan Herbert’s letter to the FOP meant Acting Assistant Attorney General Molly Moran was forced earlier Thursday at a news conference about the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., to deny that there is any wide-ranging probe of CPD.
Fardon and Holley later issued an unusual statement: “As Acting Assistant Attorney General Molly Moran stated today, there is no open pattern-and-practice civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department.”
- Neither Fardon and Holley’s statement nor Moran’s comments ruled out narrower federal probes of specific incidents. Nor did Herbert’s letter suggest that there was “pattern-and-practice civil rights investigation” — he only suggested that shootings in which no gun was recovered were being looked at.
So something is being investigated, just not everything. The Tribune coverage is here.
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