Tag: Chicago Police Department

What if more police misconduct cases were caught on tape like Abbate’s?

What if more police misconduct cases were caught on tape like Abbate’s?
It’s been five years since the video of off duty Officer Anthony Abbate brutally beating a bartender in a Chicago tavern went viral. But it wasn’t until this week that the courts finally settled the excessive force case filed by bartender Karolina Obrycka. Taxpayers will pick up the tab for Obrycka’s $850,000 settlement, along with... Read more »

Johns get fines, sex workers get felonies

Johns get fines, sex workers get felonies
A few weeks ago, I got a press release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office about their Columbus Day crackdown on ‘Johns’ – men who buy sex. They arrested 94 men that day, part of an effort to end demand for prostitution. The  men got citations, weapons charges, possession charges and even arrest warrants. None... Read more »

VIDEO: A peek at The Chicago Reporter's upcoming issue

More 17-year-olds are arrested for felony offenses in Chicago than any other major city across the nation. And those arrest carry harsh consequences because Illinois is just one of 10 states where the teens are automatically prosecuted as adults. Here’s a look at our upcoming investigation, “Minor misconduct.” .
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Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?

Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?
Something’s got to change, say the aldermen on the South and West sides who have watched the body counts–which are mostly comprised of young African American men–in their wards climb at alarming rates, this year. Tired of the ostensible ineffectiveness of Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s emphasis on beat policing, those frustrated aldermen recently called for... Read more »

New York could learn a thing or two from Chicago's pot ordinance: Ald. Burke

New York could learn a thing or two from Chicago's pot ordinance: Ald. Burke
Fourteenth Ward Ald. Ed Burke commended the Second City today for being a leader when it comes to marijuana reform–despite the fact that it just passed an ordinance similar to ones that have been on the books in other towns and states for decades. Nonetheless, Burke noted that New York City and state could learn... Read more »

Join us Friday at the launch party for our "Policing the Police" issue

$110 million dollars. That’s how much the City of Chicago has paid in police misconduct lawsuits and legal fees in the past two years. In this month’s issue of The Chicago Reporter, reporter Angela Caputo dug through hundreds of lawsuits to unearth the 140 officers that were named in multiple misconduct cases. Of the 140... Read more »
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Number of the day: $3 million - what Chicago paid to defended CPD repeaters against alleged illegal searches

In a list of police misconduct, such as extended detention, malicious prosecution, false arrest and excessive force, illegal search may be among one of the lighter offenses. But it’s still an expensive one. The city paid more than $3 million in settlements for 51 illegal searches by repeaters – the 1 percent of the Chicago... Read more »

70 reports of police misconduct on Sunday at NATO protest, says National Lawyers Guild

70 reports of police misconduct on Sunday at NATO protest, says National Lawyers Guild
Now that the barricades are cleared from the streets, downtown traffic has resumed its sluggish pace and thousands of workers in the loop no longer have an excuse to take a day off, what is the legacy of the massive Sunday protest that brought out an estimated 15,000 people? One lasting effect, on both the... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Dubious NATO arrests; low-income parents get reprieve; campaign finance loophole

Nine anti-NATO activists were arrested in the raid of a Bridgeport home on Wednesday night. The National Lawyers Guild condemned the action and said that none of the activists had yet been charged, nor had the Chicago Police Department produced a warrant for the raid. Officers confiscated a cell phone, as well as beer-making equipment... Read more »
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Barber Show Show review: Chicago talks about police misconduct

Barber Show Show review: Chicago talks about police misconduct
Ever been roughed up by a cop? Been the victim of an illegal search or a false arrest? Chicago spends millions each year settling cases where victims allege the police have abused their power. That’s what we talked about on Friday at Carter’s Barber Shop with reporter Angela Caputo and director of Chicago’s Independent Police... Read more »