Professors Craig Futterman, Randolph Stone, and Joshua Tepfer will discuss their work on recent high-profile litigation involving police shootings and misconduct, and efforts to reform the policing system in Chicago.
Soul food lunch from Catering by David will be provided.
Clock is Ticking on Destruction of Chicago Police Misconduct Files
December 21, 2015
In the late 1980s, when journalist John Conroy first began investigating claims that a decorated Chicago police detective named Jon Burge was torturing criminal suspects on the South Side, he found it virtually impossible to get his hands on police misconduct records without a court order.
"A small percentage are responsible for the lion’s share of complaints, and that small percentage are allowed to run roughshod."
Futterman has been at the center of the Laquan McDonald case for a year, since his legal clinic received a tip about a dashcam video of Officer Jason Van Dyke pumping 16 bullets into McDonald. With the city in turmoil and the mayor hounded by protesters everywhere he goes, Futterman believes this moment might lead to real reform.
7 individuals have been killed by Chicago police in 2015
Fox 32 Chicago
December 16, 2015
So far this year, seven people have been killed by Chicago police with just two weeks left in 2015, which is down from last year's 18 killed.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The man who got the original tip that a dashcam video showed a Chicago police officer killing Laquan McDonald does not think such shootings are on the rise here, despite the number of videos that have surfaced recently.