Corporation Counsel Steve Patton told aldermen Friday that he anticipates the Department of Justice will conclude its pattern and practice investigation into the Chicago Police Department “within the next few months.”

Asked by reporters to peg down a more specific timeline after his more than two hour hearing with aldermen on his department’s budget, Patton refused, saying only, “We will continue to try to move this process as quickly as we can, and with the goal of completing it next year. But, again, we don’t control the Department of Justice and I want to continuously emphasize we are trying to do everything we can to give them what they need, so they can do their work as quickly as [they] can.”

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