The Latest: Chicago mayor pushing ahead with police reforms

CHICAGO (AP) " The Latest on Chicago police reforms a year after the release of Laquan McDonald shooting video (all times local):

8:35 a.m.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will push ahead with police reforms, regardless of the outcome of a U.S. Justice Department probe.

Thursday is the anniversary of the release of a video showing a Chicago officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. The Justice Department investigation is expected to wrap up early next year, with enforcement of its recommendations likely left to President-elect Donald Trump's appointees.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Emanuel pointed to various initiatives already underway aimed at restoring public trust in the force.

Those initiatives include equipping more officers with body cameras and stun guns to help cut down on deadly police shootings, as well as the City Council's approval of his proposed new agency to investigate police shootings and misconduct allegations.

Critics have questioned whether that agency will be sufficiently independent.

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12:45 a.m.

A year after Chicago released video showing a policeman shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times, the city's response has been uneven.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the police superintendent, and the prosecutor who delayed charging officer Jason Van Dyke was voted out of office. Van Dyke was the first Chicago officer in nearly 35 years charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality.

A new agency was created to investigate police shootings. Police are getting more training and being outfitted with body cameras.

The number of arrests has fallen, perhaps because police worry about being the next "viral video."

Chicago is expected to finish 2016 with the largest number of murders since 1998. And the election of Donald Trump as president has cast doubt over a Justice Department investigation of Chicago police.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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