Chicago Police Say Complaints And Police Shootings Are Down, Despite Protests

An exterior view shows the Chicago Police Department headquarters in the high-crime 10th District, on June 11, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. | Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

Though the Chicago Police Department has been the subject of multiple recent protests and a scathing report concerning the way it handles police-involved shootings and allegations of misconduct, the department says it’s actually improving its record on such matters.

In an interview, CPD spokesman Martin Maloney told The Huffington Post that police-involved shootings in Chicago are “on pace” to decrease for the third consecutive year. He also noted that the number of police misconduct complaints submitted to the department are down 18 percent this year, compared to the same time last year.

“Community policing and fostering stronger relationships with the communities we all serve is the foundation of our policing philosophy,” Maloney said in an emailed statement.

“Over the past three years CPD has led a return to community policing to build relationships between officers and residents, and we have instituted new training, mandatory for all officers, focused on how they are to interact with residents,” the statement continued.

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