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Chicago Police Abuse

After 30 Years, Accountability for Police Torture in Chicago

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices
Steven W. Hawkins

The vast majority of Burge's survivors were never compensated for their ordeal, and not a single survivor has ever received adequate reparations. Burge and his detectives were never held accountable for the crime of torture.

Joseph Erbentraut

Chicago Police Say Complaints And Police Shootings Are Down, Despite Protests | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

Though the Chicago Police Department has been the subject of multiple recent protests and a scathing report concerning the way it handles police-invol...

Chicago Man Says Police Stormed His Home After He Was Just Walking Down The Street

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.29.2014 | Crime

A Chicago man claims he was simply walking down the street on his way home last Friday night when two police officers pulled up and told him to "come ...

Activists Continue Push For Reparations For Victims Of Chicago Police Torture

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.27.2014 | Crime

Almost a month after a former Chicago police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men was released from prison after serving less ...

Report: Chicago Police Are Getting Away With Brutality, Most Of It Against Minorities

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.23.2014 | Black Voices

A report to be presented to the United Nations next month alleges the Chicago Police Department has engaged in "ongoing, pervasive" violence targeting...

Protests Continue After Chicago Police Shoot 3rd Black Man In 3 Weeks

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.17.2014 | Crime

Protesters again hit the Chicago streets after local police shot a young black man over the weekend, the third incident of its kind in as many weeks. ...

Police Commander Allegedly Stuck Gun In Suspect's Mouth

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime

A department-lauded Chicago police veteran has been stripped of his authority and charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct for allegedl...

From Coast-To-Coast, Police Abuse Must End

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

After watching continuous acts of police abuse and brutality from coast-to-coast, perhaps the real question is, have we reached a point where federal authorities need to step in?

Police Torture Victim Still Fighting For Justice -- 30 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.10.2014 | Black Voices

Though over 30 years have passed since Chicago police officers tortured him into falsely confessing to taking part in a murder, Darrell Cannon is stil...

Lawsuit: Chicago Police Conducted Illegal Open-Air Strip Searches

Posted 01.30.2014 | Chicago

Eight Chicago police officers conducted illegal, open-air strip searches without probable cause, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims. The cont...

Family Of Unarmed Woman Killed By Off-Duty Cop May Get $4.5 Million

Posted 03.10.2013 | Chicago

Almost a year after 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was gunned down by an off-duty Chicago police officer on the city's West Side, her family stands to receive...

WATCH: Man Sues Chicago Police Over Punch In Face, Caught On Tape

Posted 09.06.2011 | Chicago

A 24-year-old West Pullman man filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that his civil rights were violated when a Chicago police officer punched him in the...

Complaints Against Officers Down On Jody Weis' Watch

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis came into office in 2008 with a mandate to crack down on officer misconduct following a string of scandals. When May...

Who Are They Going to Believe?

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

The question of whom to believe is nearly always what informs the decision makers, and the natural tendency is to believe the officer, not the person he stopped or arrested.

Police Brutality Cases Have Cost Chicago $20 Million

Windy Citizen | Len Kody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last week former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was in the news again, narrowly avoiding testifying in the case of a convicted murderer who says B...

Cops Quietly Reinstated, Promoted After Being Caught In Rogue Officers' Scandal

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Police Department has quietly returned the badges of three police officers relegated to desk work after being caught up in the Special Ope...

Daley Backs Top Cop's Refusal To Release Officer Complaint List

Chicago Sun-Times | FRANK MAIN AND FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley today stood behind his police superintendent for refusing a judge's order to release names of officers with five or more citizen complaint...