Mr. Emanuel stood beside Ms. Madigan on Tuesday as she announced the lawsuit that accused his police department of being "plagued" for decades by "unconstitutional conduct". The state Attorney General's office was forced to step in because U.S. Attorney General Sessions abdicated the Justice Department's congressionally mandated responsibility to the Constitution and law to remedy the Civil Rights Division's very clear evidence of the abuse of the use of force and lack of accountability in the Chicago Police Department.
CHICAGO-The Illinois attorney general on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that will enforce changes to policing in Chicago through court order, citing the unwillingness of the Trump administration to pursue a similar step after a Justice Department investigation of the Chicago Police Department.
"I have made it clear that [the original agreement] was not going to be enforceable in court", Madigan said. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), who appeared with Madigan at the news conference and indicated he supported the lawsuit, said that he had been talking with the Trump administration about implementing changes outside of court but that the White House seemed to have abandoned that effort.
"The city has to support police officers in communities, the police have to support communities, and communities have to support the police".
"This is the model that is exactly the right way", Emanuel said.
In July, Adam Collins, a spokesman for Emanuel said Trump officials were "not willing to enter into a consent decree in Chicago".
Madigan said the state of IL was "stepping into the shoes of the Department of Justice. shoes that the DOJ has abandoned".
Sessions has maintained that consent decrees undermine police officers and prevent them from effectively performing their duties - a claim that Madigan directly refuted. It also sought to scuttle the draft deal with Department of Justice, saying the absence of a strong court role was its fatal flaw.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (L) announces he is appointing Eddie Johnson (R) as the Interim Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, during a news conference in Chicago, March 28, 2016.
Obama's tenure, the Justice Department negotiated consent decrees in Cleveland; Ferguson, Mo.; and other cities where investigators found a pattern of police abuses. The video's release prompted weeks of protests and calls for reforms.