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New Chicago Police Oversight Agency Officially Launches

The release of a video showing a Chicago Police officer fatally shooting teenager Laquan McDonald had widespread fallout.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was shown the door. Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder. And Chicago police faced scathing reports from a blue-ribbon panel and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Among the police reform efforts following McDonald’s killing was the creation of a new police oversight agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. Nearly a year after its creation, COPA officially takes over Friday.

Joining Chicago Tonight for a conversation is Sharon Fairley, chief administrator of COPA.

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