"The department found that CPD officers' practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable uses of force", it read.
The release of the report and the agreement reached between the DOJ and Chicago officials, in which both parties agreed to work toward reforms, were reportedly finalized in a hurry, due to concern that the process would stall under the incoming Trump administration.
The 161-page document from the U.S. Department of Justice details a 13-month civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department. With this report, our city is presented with a bold and unprecedented opportunity to reinvent the culture and practices of the Chicago Police Department, all toward a goal of repairing community trust and making the department a more effective crime-fighting body.
The misconduct included a pattern of unconstitutional arrests and use of excessive force by the country's second largest police department, and a failure to adequately examine those transgressions, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.
Lynch described training procedures at the Chicago police department as "severely deficient".
"The key to success in the collaborative reform process is strong, local leadership and the commitment to make the community a vital part of the process", said Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office Director Ronald Davis.
"Police misconduct will not be tolerated anywhere in this city and those who break the rules will be held accountable for their actions", Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy talks about the DOJ investigation in to Chicago's police department.
It is interesting to note that on January 7, Chicago Police Board Chair Lori Lightfoot surveyed the epidemic of violence in gun-controlled Chicago and said the CPD could not turn the tide on their own.
Police departments have operated under consent decrees in cities ranging from Ferguson, Mo.
The report is one step in a long process that, in recent years, has typically led to bilateral talks between the Justice Department and a city, followed by settlement plan that a judge enforces.
Chicago police officers stand outside their headquarters during a protest over the police shooting of Laquan McDonald on November, 24, 2015. The instruction was also inconsistent with police department's own use-of-force policy, the report said. The latest consent decree, issued in Baltimore, was announced Thursday, five months after the DOJ released the results of its investigation there.