50 Years

FOP Watch: 33 months of Foxx Cause 50 Years of Gun Violence

It turns out Kim Foxx’s 33 months in office have caused the last 50 years of gun violence in Chicago. Needless to say this is not an evidence based analysis but it one pushed by the FOP on a recent segment on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom show. They segment was seeking to cover the Mayor Read more about FOP Watch: 33 months of Foxx Cause 50 Years of Gun Violence[…]

Echo Chamber

FOP Watch: Echo Chamber

When all the voices you trust are locked within the same echo chamber it becomes very easy to think that facts and evidence are not integral elements of an argument. This is one of the reasons why the FOP’s arguments on social media and their blogs are lacking in evidence to support their conspiracy theories. Read more about FOP Watch: Echo Chamber[…]

Rank Hypocrisy

FOP Watch: Rank Hypocrisy Nothing New

The rank hypocrisy routinely demonstrated by the FOP and their supporters never seems to stop surprising Chicagoans. The recent vote by their Board of Directors to fund the appeal of the three officers recently fired for covering up the murder of Laquan McDonald is just another prime example. In an image the FOP posted to Read more about FOP Watch: Rank Hypocrisy Nothing New[…]


Sun-Times Endorses CPD’s Propaganda Dashboard

The CPD’s Gun Offender dashboard is nothing more than overt propaganda that the Sun-Times Editorial Board, led by editorial page editor Tom McNamee, endorsed. That’s right folks, the Sun-Times didn’t verify the data within the dashboard and hold the CPD accountable for all the data they left out or completely miss-classified but instead they just Read more about Sun-Times Endorses CPD’s Propaganda Dashboard[…]

FOP Watch: Facts Don’t Stand in the Way of Knowing

Florian Sohnke’s recent devoid of facts critique published on Medium attempted to hold the author of a piece published at Reason.com to account. The article on Reason.com covers numbers released by the Lucy Parsons Labs regarding the execution of search warrants by the Chicago Police Department. The Sohnkecritique is ideologically driven and devoid of facts Read more about FOP Watch: Facts Don’t Stand in the Way of Knowing[…]

FOP Watch: Taking Responsibility Not a FOP Thing

Taking responsibility for their actions is obviously something the FOP leadership and their memberships are not very good at doing. Although at the same time they are very good at making sure other are taking responsibility for their actions. Even today the FOP still argues that: Jon Burge never tortured anyone let along the more Read more about FOP Watch: Taking Responsibility Not a FOP Thing[…]

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OEMC FOIA: Updated Police C4S Data

CJP seeks to update our police C4S data (call for service) from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. As they require we have filed another FOIA request with the agency to seek an update to our multi-year data set that we already have in house. This C4S data is vital to understanding what we Read more about OEMC FOIA: Updated Police C4S Data[…]

Felony Arrests

Felony Arrests UP Context Not

The Sun-Times’ article  detailing the rise in felony arrests would serve their readers interests more if the Sun-Times did the reporting necessary to let their audience know the impact it had on crime and violence in Chicago. What readers were provided with instead was a regurgitation of numbers that without the needed context leaves the Read more about Felony Arrests UP Context Not[…]

Data Dictionary

SAO FOIA: Their Data Dictionary

This FOIA request targets the data dictionary from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as part of our ongoing advocacy to open their data. As part of our litigation settlement the SAO did provide us with partial data for 7 years of felony case level prosecution data including data on their secretive felony review practices.  But they Read more about SAO FOIA: Their Data Dictionary[…]


When a Trend is Nothing More Than Chance

The epitome of bad data use is when journalists uncover what they believe is a trend in Chicaogs gun violence and then refuse to accept facts that prove it is nothing more than random chance. It is a very common issue in Chicago journalism especially in the coverage of crime and violence. Of course random Read more about When a Trend is Nothing More Than Chance[…]