Posts tagged "police misconduct"

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 »

Meet Chicago's new 3rd District commander

Meet Chicago's new 3rd District commander
The popular blog, Second City Cop, broke the news recently that Glenn Evans has been promoted as commander of Chicago’s 3rd police district, Grand Crossing. Regular readers may recall Evans from our May/June issue “Abusing the Badge,” which dug into police misconduct lawsuits settled by the city. We found that a small group of officers... Read more »

Police misconduct cases drag on, and on

With the number of police misconduct allegations holding steady at about 2,800 per year, and the watchdog brought on to investigate them taking years to decide if there is even merit to the claims, is the system working? That’s a question the Chicago Tribune posed yesterday in an article that suggests growing tension over the... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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How much does race, stress play into Chicago police misconduct?

How deep does misconduct run in the Chicago Police Department? Is race a factor? Do officers themselves ever feel they’ve been targeted by abusive cops? I wasn’t expecting straight answers when I cold-called Officer Richard Wooten on his cell phone. Getting a police officer to talk about misconduct among his peers seemed like a long... Read more »

Barber Shop Show preview: Abusing the badge

Barber Shop Show preview: Abusing the badge
There’s a small, but costly, group of Chicago police officers working on the city’s streets who have a problem–serious accusations of misconduct and not just a single offense. No, these “repeaters,” as they’re called, are named in multiple misconduct lawsuits where the city paid out taxpayer dollars to settle their cases. How much? $11.7 million... Read more »

Who's 'abusing the badge'?'

Police accountability advocates and attorneys representing the City of Chicago have been going back and forth for years over whether the names of police officer fingered by civilians for misconduct should be made public. For now, they remain under wraps. But in our latest investigation, “Abusing the Badge,” we took a backdoor approach to find... Read more »
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