Editorial: Lawmakers must act now to save Chicago police misconduct records

If the unions that represent Chicago's police officers had their way, the records of hundreds of thousands of citizen complaints against cops would have been fed into the shredder by now.

They wouldn't be available for the U.S. Department of Justice as it tries to determine whether police have routinely engaged in behavior that violates the civil rights of citizens. They'd be gone.

The DOJ review was launched after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Laquan McDonald, 17, who was shot 16 times though he posed no apparent threat to Van Dyke or others at the scene. Continue…