Federal investigators in the US have issued a scathing report regarding the Chicago police department. They say officers regularly use force that is “unjustified, disproportionate and otherwise excessive”.

The findings are the result of a year-long investigation into the city’s police department. It was sparked by protests following the release of a shocking video showing a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Chicago has had a long reputation for brutality, especially in minority communities. The findings blame institutional problems within the department for discrimination.

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