be careful

Be careful what you wish for

Daley has once again outsmarted his critics by removing the Office of Professional Standards (OPS), the office that investigates civilian complaints against Chicago Police officers, from being part of the Chicago Police Department. Daley authored an ordinance that was introduced at the Chicago City Council hearing on Wednesday, May 9. This is similar to what Read more about Be careful what you wish for[…]

Area Two Gun Team

Area Two Gun Team and the culture of responding with willful blindness

On December 15, 2006 there was a fight at Tap Grille located at 323 N. Jefferson St. in Chicago. This bar fight resulted in some significant injuries to one group that was involved in the fight. One of the wounded individuals, according to published reports, needed to have facial reconstructive surgery. No significant injuries were Read more about Area Two Gun Team and the culture of responding with willful blindness[…]

Cline's resignation

What is the real story behind Cline’s resignation?

With all the reporting many very important clues to how the accountability systems work in the criminal justice system in Chicago have been overshadowed by a video of a single officer beating a white women. I will try to decipher the three major incidents behind Cline’s actions and detail the larger context issues that the Read more about What is the real story behind Cline’s resignation?[…]

Devine's scare tactics

Devine’s scare tactics & the mounting costs of corruption in the ranks!

1. Channel 7 News recently did a story on the budget cuts proposed by Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. The story quotes Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine saying that if his office were required to accept the budget cuts, then his office would be forced to accept more plea bargains. This was Dick Read more about Devine’s scare tactics & the mounting costs of corruption in the ranks![…]

Devine's scare tactics

Devine’s scare tactics & the mounting costs of corruption in the ranks!

1. Channel 7 News recently did a story on the budget cuts proposed by Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. The story quotes Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine saying that if his office were required to accept the budget cuts, then his office would be forced to accept more plea bargains. This was Dick Read more about Devine’s scare tactics & the mounting costs of corruption in the ranks![…]

data

Raises, Cuts — we need data!

Do prosecutors really deserve the pay raise Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine claims they do? Or should they be burdened with the budget cuts Cook County Board President Todd Stroger demands of the office? Decisions are made on a daily basis that burden the system with no tangible results for public safety, unless repressing Read more about Raises, Cuts — we need data![…]

patterns

Patterns and Practices (Part 5 of 5)

The Dunn and Lopez cases demonstrate that the CPD has had a policy in place that has allowed detectives to detain suspects in excess of United Supreme Court guidelines for at least three decades. These cases also detail the fact that the CPD has indeed had a “pattern and practiceā€¯ of detaining suspects pursuant to Read more about Patterns and Practices (Part 5 of 5)[…]