Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project

BBC on the Phone Call to Craig Futterman that Led to the Laquan McDonald Video Release

How a Whistleblower Brought Down Chicago Police Chief
Jessica Lussenhop
BBC News Magazine
December 3, 2015

Laquan McDonald's death seemed like another case of a justified police shooting until a whistleblower picked up the phone. One year later, the city is reeling.

On a late fall day in 2014, Craig Futterman, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, received a phone call. He won't say who was on the other line or even where he was when he got the call.

"I want to be very careful not to give anything away that could identify them," he says now.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman and Rev. Jesse Jackson Discuss McDonald Case on MSNBC

Video of CPD shooting sparks protests
Lawrence O'Donnell
MSNBC, The Last Word
November 25, 2015

On Wednesday, November 25, 2015, Professor Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Law School's Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic, appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC to discuss the Laquan McDonald case.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

CBCNews talks with Craig Futterman about Laquan McDonald Case

Laquan McDonald case: 5 questions in the fatal Chicago police shooting
Janet Davison
CBC News
November 26, 2015

A graphic video released this week showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teen in Chicago 13 months ago has raised questions about how this case has been investigated and prompted pleas for protesters to show restraint.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Futterman on All In with Chris Hayes Discussing Laquan McDonald Video

Dashcam video released of shooting death
All In with Chris Hayes
MSNBC
November 24, 2015

On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Professor Craig Futterman appeared on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes to discuss the video of the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. The video had been released a few hours before in response to a FOIA request and subsequent court order.

Read more at: 

http://on.msnbc.com/1Nrwy1l

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Futterman Talks with NPR about Laquan McDonald Video

Graphic Video Released Of White Chicago Police Officer Shooting Black Teenager
Linda Wertheimer
National Public Radio Morning Edition
November 25, 2015

On Tuesday, November 24, the Chicago Police Departnment released the long-awaited dashcam video from the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, was instrumental in that release through his successful FOIA request.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on the Laquan McDonald Shooting Video

November 24, 2015

On Tuesday, November 24, the Chicago Police Department released the long-awaited dashcam video from the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

Craig Futterman on the Potential Release of the Laquan McDonald Shooting Video

89 WLS
November 18, 2015

Craig Futterman is an attorney for a couple of journalists who want the video released, and he joined Big John this morning to talk about this video and case.

There's a video of a Chicago cop shooting a black teen out there that hasn't been released, and may never be released. It could set off a worse situation than Ferguson. Craig Futterman is an attorney for a couple of journalists who want the video released, and he joined Big John this morning to talk about this video and case.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

NY Times on the Citizens' Police Data Project

Chicago Rarely Penalizes Officers for Complaints, Data Shows
Timothy Williams
The New York Times
November 18, 2015

The trove of information — thousands of pages of officers’ names and brief descriptions of each civilian complaint against the Chicago police from March 2011 to September 2015 — provides a rare look into the cloistered world of internal police discipline.

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Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Police Accountability Clinic Launches Unprecedented Database of Chicago Police Misconduct Records

Becky Beaupre Gillespie
Law School Communications
November 10, 2015

The Law School’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic has launched an interactive online database that, for the first time, gives the public access to tens of thousands of Chicago police misconduct complaints, a release possible because of a precedent-setting clinic victory that opened up police misconduct records throughout Illinois.

Note: This story has been updated with links to the just-released database.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

A History of the Legal Battles that Culminated in the New Chicago Police Database

October 27, 2015

South Side Weekly has published a history of Professor Craig Futterman's and the Invisible Institute's work that is now culminating in the release of a Chicago Police Database:

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