The Latest: Panel urges Chicago police to acknowledge racism

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Posted: Apr 12, 2016 6:50 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on plans to reorganize the Chicago Police Department following the fatal shooting of a black teenager (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

A task force established by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to look into police practices says the department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul its handling of excessive force allegations.

The Task Force on Police Accountability recommends abolishing the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates officer misconduct.

The panel was created in the wake of protests over a white officer's fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. A video of the 2014 shooting released last year contradicted police accounts that he was threatening officers before he was shot.

A draft of the task force's executive summary, obtained by the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1UZCQs2), criticizes the police department and its oversight agency for being "broken." It calls for a better system to identify problem officers and a new deputy chief of diversity.

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2:35 p.m.

A Chicago City Council panel has voted to temporarily change the selection process for police superintendent so Mayor Rahm Emanuel can avoid the usual procedures and appoint a longtime member of the department as its next leader.

Last month, Emanuel rejected the police board's candidates and chose Eddie Johnson for the job. Emanuel appointed the black Chicago native as interim chief after firing Garry McCarthy amid fallout from the release of a 2014 video showing a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager.

Johnson is a popular choice with the council's Black Caucus, which had urged Emanuel to pick an African American.

After temporarily changing the code, the Committee on Public Safety is considering a recommendation to appoint Johnson. The full council is expected to vote Wednesday.