Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul

The Illinois Attorney General's Office is opening an investigation into the Joliet Police Department over what it calls possible patterns of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.

The investigation began following a request from Joliet's mayor and city council. It will look into the Joliet Police Department's policies, training, and supervision. Investigators will also conduct interviews with police, city officials, Joliet residents, advocates, and other community stakeholders. The attorney general's office will also look into how the department handles complaints against officers.

A news release from the attorney general's office says that Attorney General Kwame Raoul and members of his staff have met privately with the family of Eric D. Lurry Jr., who died while in Joliet police custody. The officer who released squad car camera footage said to show police abusing Lurry is being prosecuted in Kendall County for official misconduct. 

The state's attorney's office says both the City of Joliet and the Joliet Police Department are cooperating with the investigation. The investigation is civil in nature.