This comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) transported about 2,200 migrants to Chicago after they crossed the border from Mexico into his state. In total, Abbott has sent over 23,000 migrants to New York City and Washington, D.C., as well.
“These allegations are under investigation with CPD’s Bureau of Internal Affairs and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability,” CPD said in a statement.
CPD has not revealed the identities of any victims or officers, but did narrow down its investigation to its 10th district within its total of 22 police districts. Hispanics account for more than 65% of the population in District 10, which was also third for use of force incidents in 2022.
"While this incident is under investigation by the CPD Bureau of Internal Affairs and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the City is committed to providing mental health support and resources to all those in need," Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson tweeted Friday. "The administration is also in the process of relocating all new arrivals from District 10 today in accordance with its ongoing strategy of moving asylum seekers out of all Chicago police stations."
The administration is also in the process of relocating all new arrivals from District 10 today in accordance with its ongoing strategy of moving asylum seekers out of all Chicago police stations.— Mayor Brandon Johnson (@ChicagosMayor) July 7, 2023
All arrivals were transported to temporary shelters as of Saturday morning, according to Johnson.
Meanwhile, Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge No. 7 President John J. Catanzara Jr. said the allegations were "nonsense."
"There is no validity to the complaint. there is no basis or origin on where it originated from," Catanzara said in a video statement Friday. "We don't have a victim's name or anything — or victims, repeatedly or multiple — at this point. Who knows if it's even true."
Catanzara promised that the union would be "in lockstep" with the officers should their identities be revealed.
This is the latest investigation CPD's Bureau of Internal Affairs has launched among the more than 11,000 investigations surrounding misconduct since Chicago entered the federal consent decree over four years ago.