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Yes, Institutional Violence Does Exist and It Exacerbates Youth Violence

Posted October 12, 2009 | 17:03:57 (EST)

"The day that the city of Chicago decides to divide schools by gang territory, that’s the day we have given up the city." -- Mayor Daley (Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 9).

To a certain degree Daley is right: Gang territories change so quickly that always altering who goes to what school...

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Mary Mitchell: Linking North Side Policing to South and West Side Crime

Posted August 19, 2009 | 20:07:47 (EST)

In her column on Sunday, Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell attempted to link issues involving a recent crime spree on the north side of the city to the violence on the South and West Sides of Chicago. An interesting perspective in many respects, but Mitchell still makes traditional mistakes all...

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Weis's Tunnel Vision: Looking Forward Will Only Doom C.P.D. to Repeat Past Mistakes

Posted December 3, 2008 | 13:33:03 (EST)

There are significant differences in the way the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Chicago Police interact with the world. The FBI swoops into and out of communities with little to no consideration of the consequences to the community/FBI relations. This is the exact opposite to how an urban...

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Chicago Police Mobile Strike Force, A.K.A. SOS 2: Someone Call Patrick Fitzgerald!

Posted October 31, 2008 | 17:32:29 (EST)

The recent news that Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis is considering reviving the disgraced Special Operations Section is very troubling. Ongoing Investigations initiated by both Cook County State's Attorney's Office and US Attorney's Office in Chicago have yet to be completed and Weis has somehow determined that the unit at...

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Chicago Police, Burge And Current Interrogation Practices

Posted October 27, 2008 | 18:23:51 (EST)

The news this week that former Police Commander Jon Burge has been indicted on federal charges nearly thirty years after his alleged crimes is very important. This long overdue prosecution exposes the striking, continuous, and deliberate refusal by the accountability departments within the agencies, policy makers, the media, and...

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Chicago Police, Assault Rifles and No Demonstrable Need!

Posted September 2, 2008 | 09:13:47 (EST)

The decision by Mayor Richard Daley and Police Superintendent Jody Weis to deploy assault weapons on the streets of Chicago has been made without providing a demonstrable need for the weapon. Over the last several weeks, the Chicago Justice Project has made inquiries to find out what information the Chicago...

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Gangs, Violent Crime, And Unintended Consequences in Chicago

Posted August 15, 2008 | 10:40:27 (EST)

In the face of all the latest reporting on the 18% up-tick in violent crime in Chicago there has been scarcely little discussion of cause and effect in the media or among policy makers. However, a recent admission by Chicago police spokesperson Monique Bond underscores the role that police policy...

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