Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at the release of the U.S. Department of Justice's release of an investigation into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department. Also pictured to left, CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson and Civilian Office of Police Accountability Director Sharon Fairley. (Credit: Aaron Cynic)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at the release of the U.S. Department of Justice’s release of an investigation into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department. Also pictured to left, CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson and Civilian Office of Police Accountability Director Sharon Fairley. (Credit: Aaron Cynic)

The Department of Justice’s report on the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department issued last Friday is an enormous beast. Not just because of its 161-page heft, but also because the problems detailed within are likely to consume Chicago’s politics and budget for years to come.

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