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Chicago Police Brutality

Laquan McDonald and What My Dying Father Told Me About the Chicago Police

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 12.10.2015 | Black Voices
Marilyn Rhames

My daddy died in January 2013, and one of the last things we talked about was the Chicago police. He was an optimistic man with a fierce passion for social justice, but after a protracted debate with an ultra-idealistic me, he shouted, "Marilyn, don't you know that the police is the biggest gang in the city?"

Laquan McDonald's Shooting Is Just The Latest Episode In Chicago Police's Brutal History

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 11.26.2015 | Crime

The sight of a cop emptying 16 bullets into the body of a black teenager was one Chicago police likely hoped the public would never see. But after a y...

Racial Standoff: Chicago Failed Laquan McDonald

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Living as an African American in a middle class urban community, I've seen my share of heinous and unjust things. But this killing -- 16 shots -- and others like it has to end.

Survivors Of Chicago Police Torture Finally Get Reparations

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

Chicago City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a landmark ordinance that sets aside $5.5 million in reparations for victims of police torture ...

A Troubling Response to Brutality

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Unfortunately, police have a tendency to adopt a siege mentality, circling the wagons on every occasion of potential wrongdoing. Then they wonder why the public has a growing distrust of police departments, even as they defend the indefensible. Police must stop defending criminals in their midst if they hope to regain the public support they should so clearly have.

Chicago Torture Victims Still Waiting For Reparations

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.05.2015 | Crime

A recent report from The Guardian alleges that a secret interrogation facility in Chicago has been brutalizing its detainees and denying legal council...

Inside Chicago's Legacy Of Police Abuse: Violence 'As Routine As Traffic Lights'

The Guardian | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

He would go on to investigate torture for a distinguished religious group, become an anti-apartheid campaigner and even an adviser to his city’s may...

Bad Lieutenant: American Police Brutality, Exported From Chicago To Guantánamo

The Guardian | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Black Voices

When the Chicago detective Richard Zuley arrived at Guantánamo Bay late in 2002, US military commanders touted him as the hero they had been looking ...

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...

Cop's Horrifying Rant, Alleged Beating Caught On Tape

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.20.2014 | Crime

A lawsuit filed in Chicago claims police officers physically and verbally abused the manager of a tanning salon and massage parlor during her arrest l...

Rahm Apologizes For Police Torture, Says It's Time To 'Move On'

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an apology on Wednesday after the City Council appro...

A Tale of Two Snitches

David Protess | Posted 08.10.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

For two decades, Armando Serrano and Jose Montanez have professed their innocence. Surprisingly, their fight for freedom has been bolstered by their former accusers.

Police Scandal Eludes Media Radar

David Protess | Posted 07.14.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

A 20-year fight for freedom by two Northwest Side Chicago men will culminate tomorrow in a hearing on allegations they were railroaded.

Appeals Court Upholds Burge Conviction For Lying About Torture

Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago

A federal appellate court unanimously ruled to uphold the 2010 perjury conviction of Jon Burge, maintaining its view that the disgraced former Chicago...

Emanuel Administration Earns Failing Grade on Police Torture and Code of Silence

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.06.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

If 2012 is any measuring stick, it is fair to say that the new mayor is just like the old mayor when it comes to police torture and misconduct, the code of silence, and pinstripe patronage. Can we reasonably expect 2013 to be any different?

The Police Code of Silence: What Will Mayor Emanuel Do?

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 01.15.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Once again, it appears to be "business as usual" when it comes to police brutality, the code of silence, and official cover-up in Chicago.

Couple Claims Drunk, Off-Duty Chicago Cop Attacked Them

Posted 06.27.2012 | Chicago

The recent release of 911 call audio could help a Chicago couple make their case in a lawsuit alleging police misconduct. Heather Rzany and her boy...

Residents Confront Anti-Police Brutality Protesters In Bridgeport

Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago

A small demonstration against police brutality on Chicago's South Side devolved temporarily into a shouting match between protesters and area resident...

Analysis: Cops Accused In Multiple Misconduct Suits Cost City Millions

Posted 05.11.2012 | Chicago

Police misconduct in Chicago is costing the city millions -- and, per a new analysis, a large portion of the city payouts can be traced back to police...

Lawsuit: Paraplegic Chicago Man Says Police Knocked Him Out Of His Wheelchair

Posted 04.26.2012 | Chicago

A disabled Chicago man is suing the police department, claiming officers failed to provide a reason for his arrest and then used excessive force to ta...

SHOCKING Audio: Man Begs For His Life As Police Detain Him

Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

Newly-uncovered audio recordings show that a suburban Chicago man who died after a physical altercation with police was begging for his life during th...

Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance

David Protess | Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

The justices flatly rejected prosecutors' arguments that Stanley Wrice's conviction should stand even if he had been tortured by two of Jon Burge's cops. The language was a ringing victory for all police torture victims.

City Could Pay Big For Shocking Police Mistake

Posted 01.18.2012 | Chicago

The family of an autistic teen who they say was beaten by police could receive a $525,000 settlement, as recommended by a City Council committee Tuesd...