The Chicago Police Department seems intent on denying CJP access to the misconduct files of Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. CJP originally filed a FOIA for all the records related to the numerous complaints filed against Catanzara and the records related any subsequent investigations. The CPD denied that request stating that producing all those files would be overly burdensome. So we filed for just the records related to sustained investigations of complaints against Catanzara. Unsurprisingly, the CPD denied that request also stating it was overly burdensome. So, we have decided to play their game and have sent a request in for a single investigation of a sustained complaint. We are unsure why the CPD would be covering for Catanzara considering they recently tried to fire Catanzara which resulted in him resigning from the CPD before the Chicago Police Board could hold the hearing that almost certainly would have resulted in his termination.
We believe it is important for people to remember that Catanzara has a history of misconduct and depraved social media posts. Luckily for you we published a report in the summer of 2021 detailing all of this that you can find here. If you are interested in a little more context about how our report came together you can check out our podcast episode featuring Lauren Cole who authored our report. You can find the episode here.
- all complaints related to complaint registry # 1062978
- all documents collected or reviewed as part of the investigation of complaint registry # 1062978
- all statements collected through the investigation of complaint registry # 1062978
- all notes taken from all interviews conducted as part of the investigation of complaint registry # 1062978
- all recordings of 911 calls and police radio transmissions
- all digital records created by or obtained by the Chicago Police Department in their investigation of complaint registry # 1062978
- all findings created by the Chicago Police Department as part of their investigation of complaint registry # 1062978
- all recommendations for discipline created by the Chicago Police Department as part of their investigation of complaint registry # 1062978
- all records related to the final discipline served by any officer for whom the Chicago Police Department recommended discipline for as a result of their of complaint registry # 1062978
- all emails sent or received related to complaint registry # 1062978
- Records sufficient to show Your efforts to locate and produce the records requested in FOIA A above. This should include:
- Where you searched for responsive Records and Documents.
- Who searched for responsive Records and Documents.
- Who was requested to produce responsive Records and Documents.
- The identify of any Records and Documents that were located but not produced for any reason.
- the type of Document, e.g., letter or memorandum;
- general subject matter of the Document;
- the date of the Document;
- such other information as is sufficient to identify the Document for a subpoena duces tecum, including, where appropriate, the author, addressee, and any other recipient of the Document, and, where not apparent, the relationship of the author, addressee, and any other recipient to each other; and
- the nature of the privilege or protection;
- if applicable, the litigation or trial of which he document was created in anticipation.
- date of disposal, loss, or destruction;
- manner of disposal, loss, or destruction;
- reason for disposal or destruction, or any explanation of loss;
- persons authorizing the disposal or destruction;
- persons having knowledge of the disposal, destruction, or loss; and
- persons who destroyed, lost, or disposed or the Document or Thing.