- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Faced with growing calls for federal intervention after the video of a white officer fatally shooting a black teen was released, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the city would welcome a U.S. Justice Department investigation of “systemic issues” in the Chicago police department.

Emanuel has been dogged for weeks by questions about the 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke. Calls for him to leave office grew after video of the shooting, in which McDonald is seen veering away from Van Dyke as he opens fire, was made public by court order.

Prosecutors charged Van Dyke last week with first-degree murder. But criticism has continued over why it took more than a year to bring charges and why the city resisted releasing the video.

“We have a long road ahead of us as a city and I welcome people from many views to help us do what exactly we need to do,” Emanuel said Thursday.

Here’s a look at the various investigations and developments:

SEVERAL INVESTIGATIONS

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago have been investigating McDonald’s shooting for more than a year. They have declined to discuss specifics of what they are looking at or when they will be finished.

Since the video became public on Nov. 24 calls for a federal civil rights investigation have come from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, U.S Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner and others.

Speaking to reporters for Politico at a public event Wednesday, Emanuel said an additional federal investigation would be “misguided” on top of the probes already underway. But he worked to clarify those comments Thursday, saying he’s now open to a civil rights investigation.

“I own any of the confusion,” he said.

A DEPARTMENT UNDER SCRUTINY

A Justice Department civil rights investigation would go beyond the McDonald case to look at patterns and practices of the entire department and whether they violate the U.S. Constitution or federal laws, such as discriminating against minorities.

The months-long DOJ investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown found that officers regularly discriminated against blacks, including using excessive force.

Previous federal probes of police departments in places such as New Orleans, Seattle and Detroit have encouraged changes in police practices, such as how and when weapons are used.

A DOJ spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday on the calls for a federal investigation, or when or how a decision on whether to launch one would occur.

ANOTHER VIDEO TO BE RELEASED

Emanuel also said Thursday the city will release video next week of another man who was fatally shot by police.

The family of 25-year-old Ronald Johnson has been pressing Chicago officials to release squad car video of the Oct. 12, 2014, shooting.

Chicago police have said Johnson was armed and pointed a gun at police before an officer shot and killed him. His mother, Dorothy Holmes, said that wasn’t the case and her son was running away from police.

Holmes and her attorney have seen the video and have pushed for its release, with the family filing lawsuits against the city.

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