Posts tagged "police brutality"

Chicago spent over $63 million defending police misconduct: study

Chicago spent over $63 million defending police misconduct: study
“Pinstripe patronage” is what the People’s Law Office is calling it. The Chicago law firm that’s known for bringing cases of police brutality, false arrest and wrongful convictions wanted to find out just how much the city was paying to outside firms to defend police officers accused of misconduct. After obtaining records with a Freedom... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Outrage over Metra deal continues; Englewood not trusting Trust; minimum wage hike stalls

Despite the “street heat” that congressmen Bobby Rush and Danny Davis, and dozens of protesters brought to Metra during a march outside its offices on Thursday, the commuter rail company has not yet buckled to demands that it rebid contracts for a major construction project so more African American companies are included. The $133 million project, called... Read more »

Are Chicago cops on steroids?

An investigation by the New Jersey’s The Star Ledger recently revealed rampant steroid use among police officers there, prescribed by a unethical physician looking to make a quick buck. When that doctor died because of side effects from his own steroid use, people started to take notice. But it’s not just this doctor or just... Read more »

Is Chicago fudging crime stats?

Despite the daily reports of shooting deaths and violent crime in Chicago, we are constantly reassured by the Chicago Police Department of one thing: crime is down. Even though several people perceive crime to be higher, officials tell us to take comfort in the statistics that show that crime rates are falling. My police beat... Read more »

Home sales take a nose-dive to lowest level in 15 years

Home sales plummeted by 27.2 percent in July compared to June, hitting the lowest level in 15 years. The drop, which is the biggest monthly dive since 1968, enforced fears that the economy continues to slow down.  The end of a tax credit given to first-time buyers contributed to the fall, according to NPR. While... Read more »

Chicago Reporter police shooting investigation featured on The Rachel Maddow Show

While discussing the broader context of the controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed African American by an Oakland transit cop, Chris Hayes cited The Chicago Reporter’s 2007 fatal police shootings investigation, among other reports, while serving as the guest host on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Visit for breaking news, world news, and news... Read more »

Will Burge torture survivors get a fair trial?

Prosecutors are hoping to wrap up former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s trial by week’s end. But even a conviction on obstruction of justice charges isn’t likely to bring much closure, particularly for his alleged victims. Decades after allegations surfaced that Burge and his officers resorted to electric shocks, beatings and suffocation to elicit confessions,... Read more »

Who disciplines rogue police?

photo courtesy of flickr/litherland A logical person might conclude that the Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis has full power to punish his cops for breaking the law or violating the rules of police conduct. That logical person would be wrong. Chicago police superintendents can only make “recommendations.” And in the past 10 years, 63 percent... Read more »