Dean Smith Weighs In On Chicago PD After DOJ Announces Investigation
Monday, December 7, 2015
Posted by: Jordan Uhl
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Washington, DC—It's been a busy few days for Jonathan Smith, The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law's Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs.
Smith, who oversaw the investigation of the Ferguson Police Department as the former Chief of the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, had his expertise called on by the media as it makes sense of the DOJ's upcoming investigation of the Chicago Police Department for its fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald and the 13 months it took the department to release the dash-cam footage.
“The failure to be candid with the community about this shooting was corrosive to community trust,” he told The Marshall Project.
In the Huffington Post, Smith described how strained that division is, how much work each investigation requires and how, because of those factors, it must choose its investigations wisely.
He also told the Chicago Tribune, TakePart and The Independent how long it takes for reform to actually manifest, telling the latter, "It takes time to rebuild trust broken in a community. If [local and federal officials] can come together to do this work, it will reduce not just excessive force, but all uses of force.”