Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project

Citizens Police Data Project Earns Sidney Award for Journalism

December 14, 2015

The Invisible Institute has earned a Sidney award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation for the Citizens Police Data Project, which was developed in collaboration with the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project.

Craig Futterman's Battle Against Chicago Police Code of Silence Recounted in The New Yorker

Bad Cops, Good Cops
Margaret Talbot
The New Yorker
December 14, 2015

In early November, 2014, Craig Futterman, a law professor at the University of Chicago, got a call from someone who worked in law enforcement in that city. The caller told Futterman about a squad-car dashboard-camera video from a few weeks earlier, which showed a police officer shooting to death a seventeen-year-old boy named Laquan McDonald.

In early November, 2014, Craig Futterman, a law professor at the University of Chicago, got a call from someone who worked in law enforcement in that city. The caller told Futterman about a squad-car dashboard-camera video from a few weeks earlier, which showed a police officer shooting to death a seventeen-year-old boy named Laquan McDonald.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman Discusses Police Shootings on CBS

Video Released of Fatal Taser by Chicago Police
CBS News
December 8, 2015

Video was released Tuesday of Chicago police tasing a man in a jail cell in December of 2012. The man later died. The video has prompted another investigation of the department's use of force.

Video was released Tuesday of Chicago police tasing a man in a jail cell in December of 2012. The man later died. The video has prompted another investigation of the department's use of force.

Professor Craig Futterman explains the problem "starts with the lack of political will to address the underlying reasons."

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic, Civil Rights Coalition Urge Federal Investigation Include Focus on Chicago Police Oversight Agency’s “Whitewashing” of Misconduct

Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic
University of Chicago Law School
December 8, 2015

RECOMMENDATION: Investigate the Independent Police Review Authority, abolish it and replace it with a truly independent oversight authority.

Contact: Craig Futterman, futterman@uchicago.edu, 773-702-9611

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman with Ian Masters: Laquan McDonald, Ronald Johnson, IPRA, and the DoJ Investigation

The DOJ Launches a "Pattern and Practice Investigation" Into the Chicago Police Department
Background Briefing with Ian Masters
December 7, 2015

We examine the Justice Department’s launch of a “pattern and practice investigation” into the Chicago Police Department following the release of a video that showed a Chicago policeman shoot 17 year old Laquan McDonald 16 times. 

Then finally we examine the Justice Department’s launch of a “pattern and practice investigation” into the Chicago Police Department following the release of a video that showed a Chicago policeman shoot 17 year old Laquan McDonald 16 times. Craig Futterman, a Professor of Law at the University

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on MSNBC Discusses Laquan McDonald, DOJ Investigation

DOJ Kicks Off Investigation of Chicago PD
MSNBC
December 7, 2015

Craig Futterman was interviewed on All In with Chris Hayes discussing the shooting of Laquan McDonald and the Department of Justice civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department.

Craig Futterman was interviewed on All In with Chris Hayes discussing the shooting of Laquan McDonald and the Department of Justice civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department.

Read more at: 

on.msnbc.com/1jL6b8H

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on the Chicago Police Chief Firing, DOJ Investigation, Independent Police Review Authority

December 7, 2015

Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, comments on the recent firing of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and the just-announced investigation by the Department of Justice.

Futterman Discusses Police Department’s Handling of McDonald Case on Fox's Good Day Chicago

Attorney Began Calling for McDonald Video Release 1 Year Ago
FOX 32 News
December 2, 2015

Craig Futterman joined Good Day Chicago to discuss the police department’s handling of the case, the firing of Garry McCarthy, and whether the Chicago Police Department will be able to earn the public’s trust again.

The shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer continues to be a hot topic across the country but it might not have come to light if not for one man and some of his colleagues.

Attorney and law professor Craig Futterman started calling for the release of the dash-cam video last December.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on the Importance of Preserving Decades of Police Misconduct Complaints

December 3, 2015

Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, heads to court today to fight to preserve police misconduct complaints dating back to 1967. He told The Atlantic's Citylab why:

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
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