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Chicago police plagued by racism, Task Force finds

Chicago: A report issued on Wednesday by the Police Accountability Task Force said that Chicago Police Department have "no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color."

The panel was established last year by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and it found that 74 percent of the hundreds of people shot by the Chicago police in recent years were African-American. It definitely smacks of systemic racism as only 33 percent of the population in the city were African-American.

"Reform is possible if there is a will and a commitment," the report concluded "that commitment begins with acknowledging the department's sad history."

The mayor acknowledged that the city must "honestly confront the past," the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. However: "I don't really think you need a task force to know we have racism in America, we have racism in Illinois or that there is racism that exists in the city of Chicago and obviously can be in our departments."

The panel also came to same conclusion, saying: "The linkage between racism and CPD did not just bubble up in the aftermath of the release of the McDonald video. Racism and maltreatment at the hands of the police have been consistent complaints from communities of color for decades."

"The question isn't, 'Do we have racism?' 'We do,' Emanuel said. "The question is, 'What are you going to do about it?' To that end, he appointed Eddie Johnson the new superintendent of the city.

"We have racism in America. We have racism in Chicago. So it stands to reason we would have some racism within our agency," Johnson told reporters when he was sworn in. "My goal is to root that out."