Mayor Daley

An Open Letter to Mayor Daley

The recent resignation of Tisa Morris as Head of the Office of Professional Standards, (OPS), provides an historic opportunity to redesign the accountability processes within the Chicago Police Department. As a strong first move the much-maligned OPS must be scraped in favor of an independent organization that can operate outside the political reach of the[…]

Civil Trial

Civil Trial (Part 2 of 5)

Lopez’s civil trial was filed in federal court here in Chicago on March 16th, 2001, a date that will become more import in part three of this series. You can read the complaint here. In this case Lopez sued for the following reasons: Excessive force Assault & battery Intentional infliction of emotional distress Unlawful detention[…]

Illegal Detention

Illegal Detention (Part 1 of 5)

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a very important decision on September 22 in the case of Joseph Lopez v. City of Chicago, and Chicago Police Detectives Jennifer Delafont, Daniel Jacons, and Hector Vergara, 01 C 1823. This decision clearly states without much ambiguity that the police, in this case the Chicago Police,[…]


Criticism by association and more apples

When will people get over the organization they are involved in being criticized? When I talk about the patterns and practices of an organization, namely the Chicago Police Department, being bad it does not mean that everyone involved in the Department is bad, corrupt, brutal, or vicious. Recently, I have had heard about negative reactions[…]

Bad Apples

Just a few bad apples?

Recent disclosures about four Special Operations Section SOS officers being arrested for their “on the job activities” brings back memories. The memories are of the elite gangs units the CPD had in place to combat gangs, drugs and guns. Those units were closed down because Officer Joseph Miedzianowski was uncovered to be using his position[…]

Who did that

Who did that? What was that name? Why are there never names to go along with the actions?

In a recent Chicago Tribune article dated Sunday, August 27, 2006, details about the harrowing couple of days leading up to Christina Eilman’s tragic fall from a CHA building were revealed. The article discloses some intimate details of the parents and Eilman’s personal struggle to get medical attention for Eilman. The reporting on this issue[…]

Innocence and truth

Innocence and truth, both without a role in the Cook County Justice System!

What role does innocence play in the criminal justice system, and what role does it play in the procedures of the criminal justice institutions in Chicago? In a perfect system innocence would be the paramount concern; however, our system is far from perfect. We have a system based on an adversarial process that is more[…]


New curfew law results from CAPS’ failure

When read this latest attempt by the CPD / City to garner control of the Chicago’s youth by inflicting financial penalties on parents I thought, wow, wasn’t CAPS supposed to solve the problem over a decade ago? The problem of wayward youth wandering Chicago’s streets late at night with nothing to do but cause trouble?[…]