Lightfoot Flip Flop on Burge Torture

Despite the fact that President of the Police Accountability Task Force Lightfoot and Candidate Lightfoot acknowledging the crimes committed by former Police Commander Jon Burge and his colleagues within the Chicago Police Department, Mayor Lightfoot’s Department of Law is arguing that many of his crimes never occurred. This of course flies in the face of the City Council acknowledging these crimes and paying many of the victims for their suffering.

This is part of a significant pattern as the actions of Mayor Lightfoot’s administration vary greatly from the rhetoric she previously used to garner public attention. CJP has experienced this first hand as in her previous life before becoming a politician Lightfoot went off many times about the need for the city to engage in true transparency. This of course contradicts completely how her police department and the law department are responding to FOIA requests. We have no noticed a single difference between the Lightfoot, Emanuel, and Daley administrations related to transparency so I did not expect anything different from the Lightfoot administration when it came to police misconduct litigation. Power corrupts.

Also on our show today we cover the following topics:

  • Horrific Sun-Times editorial on Community Commission
  • Lightfoot strange placement of new youth club
  • Brookings Institute’s 7 Myths about Defunding
  • Minneapolis Mayor blames defund movement for crime
  • Charlotte Police arrests drop 46%
  • Citizen App testing on-demand security services

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Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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