Anthony Abbate

Abbate’s Sentencing: The Case for Expanding Access to Public Records

The actions by Chicago Police Officer Anthony Abbate sure seem to be the actions of someone the public would prefer not to be roaming free on the streets. The video of this beating was aired internationally as evidence of the violent culture of Chicago police specifically and America generally. The public was shocked and surprised Read more about Abbate’s Sentencing: The Case for Expanding Access to Public Records[…]

Hysteria

Common Sense vs. Hysteria Based Approaches to Drugs

On June 12th US Representative Mark Kirk, 10th District of Illinois, introduced HR 2848 in the US House of Representatives titled the “High Potency Marihuana Sentencing Enhancement Act of 2009”. This bill increases the penalties for individuals trafficking in high potency marijuana. Kirk’s effort here is to increase the reach of the drug war. Instead, Read more about Common Sense vs. Hysteria Based Approaches to Drugs[…]

Rape

Untested Rape Kits?

On Sunday June 14th the Chicago Tribune ran a story by Megan Twohey titled “Police Put Rape Kits on Hold”. Through the use of Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act Twohey examined the rate at which 13 large suburban policing agencies submitted rape kits for testing to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab. Twohey’s examination revealed Read more about Untested Rape Kits?[…]