In this Monday, April 11, 2016 photo, an evidence marker sits in the street at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Chicago. (Erin Hooley /Chicago Tribune via AP)
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Police in Chicago have "no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color" and have alienated blacks and Hispanics for decades by using excessive force and honoring a code of silence, a task force declared Wednesday.The group concluded that minorities' lack of trust and fear are justified, citing data that show 74 percent of the hundreds of people shot by officers in recent years were African-Americans, even though blacks account for 33 percent of the city's population.The task force report was released just as public anger boiled over again at the fatal shooting on Monday of a black 16-year-old.Emanuel announced the creation of the task force at the same time he fired police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in the wake of public protests over the 2014 shooting by a white police officer of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
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