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[…]


Sharon Fairley on Police Reform in Chicago

This episode features a discussion with Sharon Fairley who is a professor from practice at the University of Chicago Law School a, former federal prosecutor, and the former chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). We discuss Sharon’s recent commentary published by the Chicago Tribune titled Read more about Sharon Fairley on Police Reform in Chicago[…]

Mayor rudderless on police reform

Mr. Mayor, where is your plan? The 13-month Department of Justice investigation is complete and the report is in. They lay out 99 recommendations for improving policing in Chicago. The DOJ report follows the report of your own Police Accountability Task Force with its own set of 126 recommendations. Some of those you’ve tried to Read more about Mayor rudderless on police reform[…]


Alderman O’Shea Clears Cops Months Before Investigation Completed

There is no way that Alderman Matt O’Shea (19th) was going to let an ongoing investigation in to an officer involved shooting prevent him from declaring the shooting justified. That’s right folks months before the official investigation in to the shooting is complete a brave alderman stood up and declared the shooting justified. Just don’t Read more about Alderman O’Shea Clears Cops Months Before Investigation Completed[…]


IPRA FOIA: Data from December 2014

CJP is seeking access to all the digital data held by IPRA related to all complaints filed against officers for the month of January 2013. On Oct. 10, 2014 CJP filed a FOIA request with IPRA seeking all data held by IPRA related tocomplaints filed in the month of January 2013.  We have spent many Read more about IPRA FOIA: Data from December 2014[…]

Who maintains IPRA’s data? Not IPRA.

It turns out IPRA – the civilian police accountability organization – does not maintain control over their own data and must seek CPD assistance in accessing the data IPRA creates & stores in the CPD’s CLEAR database system. The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) recently admitted to the Chicago Justice Project that they do not Read more about Who maintains IPRA’s data? Not IPRA.[…]


We replicated the FOIA we sent to IPRA regarding accessing digital stored data related to complaints against officers for a single month. On Monday January 12th, CJP filed a FOIA request with the Chicago Police Department seeking all data held maintained by the CPD related to complaints filed against officers to the Independent Police Review Read more about CPD FOIA IPRA Data[…]

What does it take to get a cop fired?

Lack of access to criminal-justice-related information hinders the ability of public access to the actions of the criminal justice agencies and their agents. Few Chicagoans have heard of the Chicago Police Board, let alone have a working knowledge of how it operates. Yet this organization plays a significant role in the process of removing abusive Read more about What does it take to get a cop fired?[…]

True Agenda

Separate Messages. One True Agenda

To fully make sense of an agenda that is at the heart of the actions of an institution you first must consider all the actions of the institution that are simultaneously taking place. In the case of the City of Chicago I am talking about how they are beating a consistent drum of openness when Read more about Separate Messages. One True Agenda[…]

be careful

Be careful what you wish for

Daley has once again outsmarted his critics by removing the Office of Professional Standards (OPS), the office that investigates civilian complaints against Chicago Police officers, from being part of the Chicago Police Department. Daley authored an ordinance that was introduced at the Chicago City Council hearing on Wednesday, May 9. This is similar to what Read more about Be careful what you wish for[…]