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DOJ to investigate Chicago Police Department’s use of force

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The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the Chicago Police Department following protests over its handling of last year’s case of a black teenager shot by a white police officer, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday.

U.S. authorities will look at the department’s use of force, including deadly force, among other issues, she said at a press briefing to announce the civil probe.

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“Our goal in this investigation… is not to focus on individuals but to improve systems,” Lynch said.

She said federal officials would be investigating “constitutional violations.”

“What we are looking is to see whether or not the police department as a systemic matter has engaged in constitutional violations of policing,” Lynch said.

The announcement comes after almost two weeks of controversy and protests in Chicago following the release of a 2014 police squad car dashboard video showing police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. Van Dyke has been charged with murder.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez plans to announce the results of an investigation of another 2014 fatal police shooting later on Monday morning.

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(Reporting by Julia Harte in Washington and Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bernadette Baum)


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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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