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Next Chicago police chief faces daunting mission, and demanding boss in Rahm Emanuel

Next Chicago police chief faces daunting mission, and demanding boss in Rahm Emanuel

Heal a deep lack of public trust. Cooperate with a federal civil rights investigation into the use of force. Reform a police department with a history of corruption. Deal with some of the nation's most intractable gun and gang problems. And work for a famously demanding mayor in the midst of his most severe crisis.

It's a daunting to-do list for Chicago's next police superintendent, a person Mayor Rahm Emanuel will hire to navigate the turbulent environment that has erupted since the court-ordered release of a video showing a white police officer shooting a black teenager to death more than a year ago.

Law enforcement experts say the new top cop should have a strong...

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