Chicago police chief applicants asked about code of silence

CHICAGO (AP) — Those vying to become Chicago's next top cop will be asked how they'd deal with the so-called code of silence among officers.

Police Board President Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that the 39 applicants for the superintendent job will be asked for "creative solutions" to motivate officers to come forward when they see misconduct.

The department has been rocked by the release of the video of white Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting and killing black teenager Laquan McDonald. Police officers who witnessed the shooting filed reports portraying the teen as far more menacing than he appeared in the video.

The fallout included the resignation of the previous police superintendent, Garry McCarthy.

Lightfoot says she hopes to present Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the names of three finalists by the end of February.