Law Prof and Journalist Team Up to Hold Police Accountable For Their Actions
September 1, 2016
Increasingly the litigation Futterman and his students work on is aimed at prying loose the long-shut files of the city of Chicago and the police department.
At the University of Chicago, Futterman takes on a handful of second- and third-year law students each year and coaches them through the work of real cases with flesh-and-blood clients: suits on behalf of people alleging police abuse and civil rights violations, criminal defense for people falsely arrested and accused.
[Chief of Detectives Eugene] Roy said the department was also working to restore public trust in the police. A task force set up by Mayor Rahm Emanuel found earlier this year that the police department was not doing enough to combat racial bias among officers or to protect the rights of residents.
Police brass in recent days stripped three officers of their powers in the wake of a fatal shooting of an unarmed black man suspected of stealing a car and fleeing Thursday, an unusually swift response amid intense scrutiny over police action here.