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WNIJ's summary of news items around our state.

The Latest: Chicago Police Rarely Disciplined For Misconduct


An analysis of data from the agency that investigates Chicago police misconduct shows it rarely recommends punishment and that the Chicago Police Board often doesn't follow its recommendation to fire officers.

The Chicago Tribune's investigation of the Independent Police Review Authority focused on cases where the complainant signed a sworn affidavit.

The police oversight agency recommended punishment in less than 4 percent of thousands of cases.

Of 43 cases where firing was recommended, the police board agreed in 20 cases.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pledged to replace the agency - known as IPRA - with a more aggressive body.

The mayor said in May that he would announce a fuller plan by June. That hasn't happened.

Last year's release of video showing a white officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times prompted the mayor's promise of reform.

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