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Wed Jun 14, 2017, 06:03 PM

Black Lives Matter sues for court oversight of Chicago police reforms

Source: Reuters

U.S. | Wed Jun 14, 2017 | 5:42pm EDT

Black Lives Matter sues for court oversight of Chicago police reforms

By Chris Kenning | CHICAGO

Members of Black Lives Matter and other groups sued the city of Chicago on Wednesday, seeking to force federal court oversight of reforms to the police Department, which has been accused of using excessive force against minorities.

The lawsuit, filed by civil rights attorneys in the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois, came after Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed off a pledge to let a federal judge oversee reforms.

The lawsuit asks the court to ensure reforms will halt what it described as the ongoing use of excessive force, physical harassment and targeting of minority youth and a reliance on overly aggressive tactics by Chicago police.

"Chicago has proven time and time again that it is incapable of ending its own regime of terror, brutality and discriminatory policing," the lawsuit said. "Absent federal court supervision, nothing will improve."

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-chicago-police-idUSKBN1952ZO

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