The Latest: Family says death after dragging not an accident

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Posted: Dec 08, 2015 4:34 PM
The Latest: Family says death after dragging not an accident

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest developments in the city of Chicago's efforts to deal with fatal police shootings and police accountability (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

The family of a man who died after being in Chicago police custody say the factors leading to Philip Coleman's 2012 death were exacerbated by officers' actions and weren't accidental.

His father, Percy Coleman, a former suburban police chief, and attorney Ed Fox spoke Tuesday. They say the younger Coleman was mentally ill and should have been taken to a hospital, not jail.

Chicago officials released footage late Monday showing officers' interactions with the 38-year-old accused of attacking his mother and taken into custody. The video shows officers entering Coleman's cell. One uses a stun gun. An officer then drags him out by his handcuffed wrists.

Officials say Coleman died at a hospital following a reaction to an antipsychotic drug.

The elder Coleman said police broke "every rule in the book" and that someone should be held responsible for the death. Family members say an autopsy showed numerous external and internal injuries.

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12 p.m.

Several black Illinois lawmakers are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to expand its investigation of the Chicago Police Department to include the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and the civilian agency that investigates officer misconduct.

State Sen. Kimberly Lightford is chairwoman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. She said Tuesday that problems in Chicago go beyond the police department.

The Chicago Democrat says "only an outside investigation" that includes the prosecutor's office and the Independent Police Review Authority can restore the public's trust in law enforcement.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday her office is opening an investigation into racial disparities and the use of force by Chicago police. The announcement followed the release of a video showing a white Chicago officer fatally shooting a black teen 16 times, a video that sparked days of protests.

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11:45 a.m.

Prosecutors say a Chicago police commander accused of shoving his gun down a suspect's throat hid behind his badge and violated the public's trust.

Glenn Evans' trial on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct started Tuesday. Evans is accused of threatening to kill Rickey Williams in 2013. The commander was charged after Williams' DNA was found on Evans' gun.

In court, Evans' attorney Laura Morask said he spent his life protecting the community and that the prosecution's case is "a laundry list of nothing."

The trial comes amid intense scrutiny of the department since the release of a video that shows Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder.

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7:45 a.m.

The trial of a Chicago police commander accused of shoving a gun into a suspect's throat is set to begin.

A judge is expected to hear evidence Tuesday in the trial of Glenn Evans, who is charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct. Evans is accused of shoving the barrel of his gun down the throat of Rickey Williams and threatening to kill him in 2013.

The commander was charged after Williams' DNA was found on Evans' gun.

But prosecutors acknowledge that Williams failed to identify the alleged assailant in a photo lineup.

The trial comes amid intense scrutiny of the department since the release of a video that shows Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder.

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7:35 a.m.

Chicago officials say the treatment of a detainee in police custody is under investigation as they release video showing an officer dragging the man through a hallway.

The city late Monday released the footage showing officers' interactions with 38-year-old Philip Coleman, who was accused of attacking his mother and taken into custody in 2012. Officials say Coleman died at a hospital following a reaction to an antipsychotic drug.

The video shows six officers entering Coleman's cell. One uses a stun gun. An officer then drags Coleman out by his handcuffed wrists.

A police review board previously found the officers' actions justified. But the interim police superintendent said Monday the matter is under investigation.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he didn't consider the case closed.

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1 a.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending measures he says the city already has taken to improve police accountability in the wake of protests over the fatal shooting of black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white officer.

Emanuel's comments came at a news conference hours after the Department of Justice announced a civil rights investigation into racial disparities and the use of force by Chicago police.

Emanuel told reporters the city would press ahead with initiatives of its own and was "not going to wait" until the federal investigators made their recommendations.

He said the appointment of a new leader of the city body that investigates police shootings was among the steps he's already taken. He also pointed to a new city task force that will make separate recommendations on police reforms.

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