The Latest: Emanuel won't cut police-investigation agency

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Posted: Apr 21, 2016 11:05 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the recommendations for Chicago Police reform (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing changes to the way police-involved shootings and police misconduct are investigated but stops short of a task force recommendation to abolish the agency that handles those investigations.

The mayor's office said in a news release Thursday morning that the city will create a new Public Safety auditor as well as a "role for citizen oversight."

Last week, the task force that the mayor formed amid public outcry over police shootings recommended replacing the "badly broken" Independent Police Review Authority with a new fully transparent Civilian Police Investigative Agency.

The task force also harshly criticized the department for the way it had alienated blacks and Hispanics for decades by using excessive force and honoring a code of silence.

The mayor's office said the department has already held public meetings to discuss community-police relations and will push harder to attract recruits from different cultures and races.

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6:20 a.m.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago's new police superintendent say the city will immediately implement about a third of the recommendations made last week by a police accountability task force.

The mayor's office says Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will outline the proposed police reforms Thursday morning. Emanuel's office says Chicago also is developing an action plan to address the remaining recommendations of the Task Force on Police Accountability.

The task force recommended sweeping changes in its April 13 report on the nation's third-largest police force. The report said Chicago police have alienated blacks and Hispanics for decades by using excessive force and honoring a code of silence.

A statement from the mayor's office late Wednesday says reforms range from strengthening the department's accountability system to improving training.