Watchdog report finds ‘tactical incoherence’ led to failed Chicago police response in summer protests

A newly released watchdog report on the Chicago Police Department found that “strategic and tactical incoherence” from top officials led to inadequate preparedness for mass protests last summer.

The report, released on Feb. 18 by Joseph M. Ferguson, the inspector general for Chicago, found that the department’s response to “the events of May and June 2020 may have set CPD and the City back significantly in their long-running, deeply challenged effort to foster trust with members of the community.”

“The challenges in responding to large-scale protests and unrest amidst a global pandemic were daunting, but the efforts of CPD and the City to stem unrest were marked, almost
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