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Chicago council approves Emanuel's plan for police probes

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to create a new agency to investigate police shootings and misconduct allegations even as critics — some on the council — say it's not strong enough to closely watch a police force long dogged by a reputation for brutality and covering up misdeeds of officers.

Over the objections of some aldermen and several people in the audience who angrily shouted their displeasure, the council voted 39-8 to form a new agency to investigate the police force called the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and create a new deputy inspector whose job will be to monitor the department.