Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project

Craig Futterman Calls for IPRA to be Replaced

IPRA Critic Praises Agency’s Boss, But Says It Must Go
CBS Chicago
August 17, 2016

A prominent Chicago law professor on Wednesday urged aldermen to get it right this time when they replace the agency that investigates police conduct, and make sure it can truly do its job.

A prominent Chicago law professor on Wednesday urged aldermen to get it right this time when they replace the agency that investigates police conduct, and make sure it can truly do its job.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on Police Training and the Release of the O'Neal Shooting Video

Experts say O'Neal shooting videos point to gaps in police training
Annie Sweeney
Chicago Tribune
August 11, 2016

"This is one of the first incidents that there has been a mass release of video (and) the opportunity to compare what we see here to best practices nationwide," said Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago law professor who has studied police misconduct.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

The Guardian Reports on a Band of Police Prosecuted by the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project

Chicago's 'Skullcap Crew': band of police accused of brutality evade discipline
Alison Flowers, Anna Boisseau, Kari Lydersen, Madison Hopkins and Rajiv Sinclair
The Guardian
August 3, 2016

For many residents, this saturation of patrols and aggressive policing became a form of neighborhood terror. Officers in this unit logged a high number of complaints. In one 2001 incident, Public Housing South officers raided a basketball game in the Stateway Gardens housing project, terrorizing the crowd and players, as later described in a federal class action lawsuit.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Futterman: Chicago Police Actions Following Fatal Shooting Are "A Marked Break From the Past"

July 31, 2016

From The Wall Street Journal:

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.

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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: Police Code of Silence 'Continues to Permeate' Chicago Department

Recurring CPD issue: “A willingness to tolerate official lying”
Adrienne Hurst
Injustice Watch
June 3, 2016

The week before Bogdalek resigned, the City Council signed off on a $2.2 million settlement for the family of Emmanuel Lopez, who was fatally shot by Chicago police officers after fleeing a traffic incident

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

Police Boss Pushed Promotion Of Lieutenant With Dozens Of Complaints
Chip Mitchell
WBEZ
May 13, 2016

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.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman
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