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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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Trump supporter complains about being socially toxic: ‘People unfriend you’

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Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro on Saturday complained about being judged by the content of her character.

"People unfriend you!' Pirro complained. "They don't want you to be a -- they don't want to communicate with you."

"People I've had at my wedding don't talk -- my children's weddings actually, they don't talk to me anymore," she explained.

"It's not usually the right or the left, I mean, the intolerance is on the left," she argued.

The longtime Trump friend was harshly criticized for her complaints. Here's some of what people were saying:

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Trump disappointed conservative media isn’t praising him enough for letting Roger Stone walk: report

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President Donald Trump has been disappointed in right-wing media for not giving him more credit for pardoning longtime advisor Roger Stone.

"A senior administration official said there were serious divisions among Trump’s aides and allies over Stone’s case, with some cautioning that keeping him out of prison could be politically risky. Among those opposed was Attorney General William P. Barr, who called the prosecution 'righteous' in an interview Wednesday with ABC News, the official said, adding that those pushing Trump to show loyalty to Stone included Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is close to the president," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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WATCH: GOP congressman suffers coughing fit — while praising Trump at mask-optional GOP convention

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Republicans in the swing state of Wisconsin gathered in Green bay for a mask-optional convention on Saturday.

"Speakers at the convention also praised Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the president's push to reopen the nation's economy and schools. More than 300 people attended the GOP state convention, with few in attendance wearing face masks, as [recommended] by public health officials," the State Journal reported Saturday.

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