Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project

Appeals Court Orders Release of Chicago Police Disciplinary Records

Steve Schmadeke
Chicago Tribune
July 8, 2016

An Illinois appeals court on Friday overturned an injunction that had blocked the release of decades of records of citizen complaints against Chicago police officers, ruling that the documents must be made public.

An Illinois appeals court on Friday overturned an injunction that had blocked the release of decades of records of citizen complaints against Chicago police officers, ruling that the documents must be made public.

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Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Illinois Appellate Court Overturns Injunction Preventing Release of Police Misconduct Records

July 8, 2016

The trial court's injunction had prevented the release of police misconduct records over four years old. With the injunction overturned, the Chicago Police Department is now obliged to produce data about every police misconduct complaint from 1967 through the present.

Craig Futterman on the Release of Hundreds of Chicago Police Video and Audio Clips

Chicago Police Union Reacts to IPRA Release of Videos, Audio
Eddie Arruza and Meredith Francis
Chicago Tonight
June 6, 2016

We spoke with Craig Futterman, founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project and law professor at the University of Chicago, about what the IPRA file release means for transparency.

We spoke with Craig Futterman, founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project and law professor at the University of Chicago, about what the IPRA file release means for transparency.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Futterman: Release of Hundreds of Police Videos Marks Potential 'New Day'

June 3, 2016

From the Associated Press:

Authorities released hundreds of videos Friday that offer startling glimpses into violent encounters involving Chicago police, including the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect speeding toward them in a van and an incident when an officer slammed his night stick against a man's head at a party.

Futterman: Promotion Of Lieutenant With Dozens Of Complaints Raises Questions

May 13, 2016

From WBEZ:

Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson backed the promotion of a lieutenant who had dozens of excessive-force complaints, according to a city record obtained by WBEZ. The promotion put Lt. Glenn Evans in command of one of the city’s 22 police districts.

Futterman on Chicago Officals Admitting 'Code of Silence'

City admits ‘code of silence,’ but Rahm may still have to testify
Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times
May 23, 2016

In an about-face, City Hall lawyers acknowledged in federal court Friday that Chicago police observe a “code of silence,” the first time city attorneys have conceded that officers cover up misconduct by fellow cops.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Futterman: Chicago Administration's Handling of Police Misconduct is "Delay and Stalling Tactic"

May 11, 2016

From Aldertrack:

Richard Wooten, a retired police officer from the South Side’s 6th District and a former Sixth Ward aldermanic candidate, said those inaugural changes barely scratched the surface.

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