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Chicago police's misconduct files policy praised

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) - A law school professor says Chicago's decision to publicly release information about completed investigations of police misconduct will shine a light on a department long dogged by a reputation for brutality and a code of silence.

University of Chicago professor Craig Futterman was involved in the litigation that ultimately prompted the city to give up its legal fight to keep the records secret.

The office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in announcing the new policy on Sunday that it will help foster trust between the community and its police force.

Futterman said Monday it will also force the department to investigate patterns of abuse because the policy requires the release of information on incidents and the number of times individual officers have been accused of misconduct.

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