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ARMIES OF THE NIGHT: Rahm Emanuel & The Death Squads Of The Chicago Police Department

NEW YORK TIMES: The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012. The man, Philip Coleman, later died at a hospital. A county medical examiner noted trauma on Mr. Coleman’s body, but said his death had been caused by an allergic reaction to a medication given at the hospital. A lawyer for the Coleman family said he believed the repeated shocks contributed to Mr. Coleman’s death.

The officers’ treatment of Mr. Coleman, a college graduate whose family said he was having mental health problems, received a rahm-emanuel-poll_1449663854580_598689_ver1.0_640_360withering rebuke from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose handling of other police use-of-force cases has prompted calls for his resignation, and who has announced a series of policy changes and personnel moves in recent days as pressure mounted.

The footage of Mr. Coleman joins a grim, growing collection of Chicago police videos released in recent weeks. The fallout from the videos has led to the departure of the police superintendent, the creation of a task force to study police accountability, the replacement of the head of the city’s Independent Police Review Authority, a federal investigation into Chicago police practices and a series of protests that continued Monday evening.

Hours before the Coleman video was made public, prosecutors released footage of a Chicago officer fatally shooting Ronald Johnson, who was 25 and black, in the back in 2014. The police and prosecutors said Mr. Johnson was armed with a handgun, a claim disputed by family members. The officer who shot Mr. Johnson was not charged with a crime. MORE

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