Affidavit Overrule in CPD Disciplinary Investigations

The affidavit override rule function within the police accountability system should have been a very powerful tool to help leaders bring in real accountability. A recent report released by the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety (DPSIG) documents that the power was rarely if ever used for many years despite evidence being contained in investigative Read more about Affidavit Overrule in CPD Disciplinary Investigations[…]


FOIA: Chicago Police Board Decision

CJP was alerted by a supporter that a decision from a 2011 Chicago Police Board (Board) case was missing from our Chicago Police Board Information Center. This FOIA was filed to correct that issue. When you review the dates between the filing date and the date our request was fulfilled by the Board with them Read more about FOIA: Chicago Police Board Decision[…]


Anjanette Young Case Reporting

The case of the botched search of the home of Anjanette Young has blown up in to a full scale political storm for Mayor Lightfoot. The case is a perfect example of just how little command and control there is within the Chicago Police Department and how the chase for guns and drugs still sets Read more about Anjanette Young Case Reporting[…]

Too Little

Too Little, Too Late?

Too little effort from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is going in to responding to sex crimes in Chicago according to a new report from the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE). Today we sit down with Madeline Behr, Policy Manager, at CAASE to discuss a report she authored titled “Too Little, Too Late? The Read more about Too Little, Too Late?[…]


GAPA – What is This Ordinance All About?

The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) is an association of multiple community based organizations working together on issues of police accountability in Chicago. The group came together after the release video showing the murder of Laquan McDonald by Jason Van Dyke. GAPA’s main focus has been the creation of a community commission that would Read more about GAPA – What is This Ordinance All About?[…]


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[…]

Rape Kit

Data Brief: Rape Kit Backlog – What We Do and Don’t Know

The first step to solving the rape kit backlog crisis is to understand the actual extent of the problem. Unfortunately, decades of badly-kept records, unclear legislation, and a lack of transparency has made discerning the exact amount of “backlogged” kits in the state of Illinois difficult. In 2015, the Accountability Project, an initiative by the Read more about Data Brief: Rape Kit Backlog – What We Do and Don’t Know[…]


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[…]


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[…]


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[…]