Tag: police oversight

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 »

News Roundup: Chicago police expand controversial Taser use

Also in the news… The Illinois Secretary of State and police are investigating allegedly forged notary signatures on on hundreds petitions for state Sen. James Meeks, Carol Moseley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins and Rob Halpin, who dropped out of the race for mayor yesterday. The state’s tax amnesty program brought in $82 million more than... 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 »

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 msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news... 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 »