COPA

COPA Compliance with Video Release Policy

An audit of the Citizen’s Office of Police Accountability’s (COPA) compliance with the City of Chicago’s video release policy shows systemic failures in the police accountability system in Chicago that lead to COPA failing to live up to the office’s obligations under this policy. The policy was put in to place in the wake of Read more about COPA Compliance with Video Release Policy[…]

Unified

FOIA: DC Office of Unified Communications

This request submitted to the Office of Unified Communications is part of our first set of requests in the District of Columbia (DC). This request is targeting meta data on calls to 911 within DC seeking police services. As is CJP’s policy we are targeting data for as far back as the Office of Unified Read more about FOIA: DC Office of Unified Communications[…]

DC

FOIA: DC Metropolitan Police Department

This is our first set of requests in to the District of Columbia’s (DC) Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). These requests target big data created and maintained by the MPD through the course of their daily work. It is beyond time that that the operations of local justice systems are opened in a manner that allows Read more about FOIA: DC Metropolitan Police Department[…]

Dart

MMB: Dart, Gang Database, Lightfoot

Defunder in Charge This is just another clear demonstration of how the Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart, tries to manipulate and shape the Sheriff’s Office into whatever will allow him to keep or gain additional power. In this article, Dart tries to position the programs he is running in the jail as being exactly what Read more about MMB: Dart, Gang Database, Lightfoot[…]

Tokenism

MMB: Main, Sposato, & Tokenism

This story is just another case of the local media exploiting violence and a salacious headline to get clicks and then not delivering a meaningful story. I would bet very near 99% of guns used on the streets of Chicago start out being purchased legally through a gun store. This is not news. The fact Read more about MMB: Main, Sposato, & Tokenism[…]

crime

Telling Stories About Crime is Hard

Covering issues of crime and violence is very hard but that is no excuse for not doing it better. So says our guest this week on the Chicago Justice Show Jason Cherkis. Cherkis is seasoned reporter who started out working for weekly paper in Washington, DC covering these very issues. Through be told reporters at Read more about Telling Stories About Crime is Hard[…]

Defunding

MMB: Defunding the Police Without Accountability

So, isn’t Lightfoot not filling vacant police positions actually a move towards defunding the Chicago Police Department (CPD)? There is little doubt that defunding the CPD would require staff reductions. I believe Lightfoot is being disingenuous at best when she says stuff like “if we defunded the police, we would have to cut the youngest Read more about MMB: Defunding the Police Without Accountability[…]

Cook County

Cook County State’s Attorney Breaks Settlement Agreement and Forces Lawsuit!

Despite commitments to work collaboratively from senior officials within Kim Foxx’s Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office our efforts have instead been stonewalled at every turn. Just like the typical Cook County politician she is not interested in real transparency and true oversight. Our previous lawsuit resulted in a settlement in 2017 in which Foxx’s senior Read more about Cook County State’s Attorney Breaks Settlement Agreement and Forces Lawsuit![…]

Catanzara

MMB: Catanzara, Johnson, & Brown’s Truth

Spielman is at it again with a completely contrived political story devoid of context featuring FOP President John Catanzara. The FOP dropped a notice to her that they wanted a story in the news, and of course, Spielman lapped it up. By seeking and exploiting outrageous quotes (per her usual style), Spielman produces this useless Read more about MMB: Catanzara, Johnson, & Brown’s Truth[…]

Finances

FOIA: Opening the Finances of the CPD

It is time the finances of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) be open for the public to better learn about how the agency spends money and what that money is spent on. Traditionally the public is only able to access the CPD’s budget in a very basic level through the larger city budget document. Then Read more about FOIA: Opening the Finances of the CPD[…]