Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there will be an outside review of the Federal Civil Rights Litigation division of the city's law department.
Emanuel made that announcement Thursday, after a top city attorney resigned Monday following a federal judge's ruling that the he hid evidence in a fatal police shooting case from 2011. According to the Chicago Tribune, five city lawyers have been accused by that federal judge over the last year of suppressing evidence related to two police misconduct cases.
Emanuel said Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton will soon release details of the "third-party" law department review.
"Steve Patton, in short order, will be announcing that they're going to bring in a third party to look at that division, create standards and make sure the standards are clear as it relates to professional standards, and to have the training that goes with that," Emanuel stated. "And that's what will happen, because it's essential for people's confidence."
The mayor also said Thursday he would cooperate with a federal investigation into the city's law department if one is launched. That comment comes after Emanuel said on Tuesday he believed there was no need for the feds to probe into the city's law department as part of the U.S. Justice Department's investigation of the Chicago Police Department.