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Justice Dept. Probe Cites Improper Force in Schools

By Evie Blad — January 24, 2017 1 min read

Chicago police officers have used inappropriate force against students and failed to set proper guidelines for using stun guns in schools, a U.S. Department of Justice investigation has found.

Those findings, released this month, were part of a broad investigation of the Chicago police department. The investigation also flagged an example of the department inadequately investigating a complaint by an 8-year-old student who said a school-based officer “grabbed the girl by her hair, swung her around, and choked her while breaking up a fight in a school hallway.”

“CPD’s pattern or practice of excessive force also includes subjecting children to force for noncriminal conduct and minor violations,” the report says.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 25, 2017 edition of Education Week as Justice Dept. Probe Cites Improper Force in Schools

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