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Chicago Police Abuse

After 30 Years, Accountability for Police Torture in Chicago

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.29.2015 | 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.

Chicago's Stop-And-Frisk Rate Four Times NYC At Its Worst, ACLU Says

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City count...

Joseph Erbentraut

Chicago Police Say Complaints And Police Shootings Are Down, Despite Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

Chicago Making Police Misconduct Files Public In Major About-Face

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — A new policy will make public all completed investigations of Chicago police misconduct instead of treating them as personnel matters...

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...

City's Police Misconduct Settlement Payouts Surge

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.15.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- With three new settlements this week and more lawsuits pending, Chicago's price tag for legal claims against its police force is climbing a...

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...

City Council Signs Off On $32 Million In Police Settlements

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The parents of a California woman who was raped and severely injured after Chicago police released her from custody in a troubled neig...

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...

The Letters That Launched A Notorious Police Abuse Probe

AP | SHARON COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The anonymous letters to attorney G. Flint Taylor arrived in police department envelopes, and so the mysterious author was dubbed "Dee...

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.

Alleged Police Torture Victim Cortez Brown Granted New Trial After 18 Years Behind Bars

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- An inmate who claimed police tortured him into confessing to two murders he didn't commit was granted a new trial Friday after 18 year...

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...

Police Superintendent Won't Release List Of Most Reported Cops

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago's top police official is defying orders from two federal judges to turn over lists of officers who have repeated complaints fi...