- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the Chicago Police Department and fatal police shootings in the city (all times local):

11 a.m.

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 (https://trib.in/29RfHGM ) 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.


8 a.m.

The family of a college student who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer has amended a lawsuit to label the shooting a hate crime.

The lawyer for the father of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier says the personal texts of Officer Robert Rialmo showed racial bias.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/2a2p1sw) that Rialmo’s attorney says the allegations of racism are “stupid and irresponsible.” Rialmo’s attorney released copies of text conversations in which one of the police officer’s friends used racial slurs in the days before LeGrier’s shooting.

Rialmo was responding to a 911 call for help when he fatally shot LeGrier, claiming the student was coming at him with a bat. The officer also shot and killed a neighbor in what police said was an accident.

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