U.S. Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4) and Robin Kelly (D-IL,2) have requested that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch come to Chicago as the Department of Justice investigates the city's police department.
"The AG ought to visit personally and see the neighborhoods and talk with people in all of Chicago's diverse communities because we all interact with police and need to know they can be trusted," Rep. Gutierrez said in a press release. "Ultimately, this is about building confidence in the police and getting them to work with the communities they protect and patrol."
The lawmakers noted that former AG Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Missouri during the DOJ's investigation of that town's police force, and urged Lynch to do the same for Chicago. The congressmen are also hoping that Lynch can speak with city residents and stakeholders in each of the congressional districts in the city.
"A visit from the Attorney General to meet with key stakeholders and constituents will signal to Chicagoans that the Department of Justice is making progress," Congresswoman Kelly said. "People on the streets need to see that something is being done to help rebuild trust in law enforcement."
Gutierrez and Kelly submitted a letter to Lynch Wednesday requesting her visit and pressed the DOJ to "conduct an exhaustive investigation into the CPD's use of excessive force, including race or other factors related to the use of force, and determine whether the CPD has engaged in a systematic pattern or practice of violating the civil rights of the people of Chicago."
The full letter can be seen here.