Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project

Craig Futterman on the Van Dyke Trial and the Chicago Police Code of Silence

With long odds in Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial, the cover-up case offers hope
Alan Pyke
ThinkProgress
July 12, 2017

“We average about one police shooting a week. Multiply that over 30 years,” University of Chicago Law School policing expert Craig Futterman said in an interview. “One thing that hasn’t changed in those 30 years is that 70 to 75 percent of the people shot by CPD have been African-American.

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Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on the Importance of the Indictment of Three Chicago Police

Prosecute cops who lie
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2017

The wheels of justice are slowly turning in this case. We have come this far largely because of the video that a judge forced the city to release in 2015, more than a year after the shooting.

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Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on Chicago Cops Charged with Obstruction in Laquan McDonald Case

3 Chicago cops charged with obstruction in Laquan McDonald case
Andy Grimm
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2017

Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago Law School professor and police accountability advocate, said the charges are at least as groundbreaking as the murder charges filed against Officer Jason Van Dyke.

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Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman Speaks at Press Conference for Lawsuit over Federal Oversight of Chicago Police (Video)

Lawsuit, citing ‘thin blue line,’ seeks federal court oversight of CPD
Jon Seidel, Fran Spielman and Mitch Dudek
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2017

Accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of trying to cut a “back-room deal” with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lawyers for Black Lives Matter Chicago and other community groups filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday seeking federal oversight of the city’s police department.

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Craig B. Futterman

Futterman: Without Police Oversight "We'll Be Having the Same Conversation After the Next Scandal"

Federal lawsuit seeks to force court oversight of Chicago police reform
Dan Hinkel
The Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2017

The roughly 130-page lawsuit — which seeks class-action status — invokes police uses of force dating to the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the killing of Black Panther Fred Hampton

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on Police Reform Lawsuit: "This Is a Real Test for the Mayor"

Court oversight of Chicago police reforms sought in lawsuit
Michael Tarm
The Washington Post
June 14, 2017

Several leading community groups, including a local Black Lives Matter organization, filed a class-action lawsuit against Chicago on Wednesday in a bid to bypass or even scuttle a draft agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice that seeks to reform the nation’s second largest police force without federal court oversight.

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Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman: Chicago Police Oversight Agreement Has Enforcement Problems

Mayor Defends CPD Monitor Over Consent Decree
Shannon Heffernan
WBEZ
June 5, 2017

The original report was drafted under the Obama administration, and Emanuel initially agreed to discuss a consent decree.

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Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on Emanuel Backing Off Commitment to Court Oversight of Chicago Police Reform

Emanuel backs off from commitment to court oversight of Chicago police reform
Dan Hinkel, Annie Sweeney and Bill Ruthhart
The Chicago Tribune
June 2, 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed off his commitment to enter a court-enforced agreement with the federal government to reform the 

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on the Need for a Federal Consent Decree on Chicago Police

Department Of Justice Lawyers Fear Trump Will Scrap All Their Work To Overhaul The Chicago Police
Mike Hayes
BuzzFeed
May 25, 2017

Craig Futterman, University of Chicago law professor and civil rights attorney, who regularly consults with the DOJ in this process, said he's spoken with members of the team who said they are pushing forward with drafting an agreement. Still Futterman said he remains pessimistic about the Trump administration’s desire to see it through.

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