Clinical Prof. Futterman Files Motion to Keep City from Vacating 'Code of Silence' Verdict

December 6, 2012

Yesterday, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Rights and Director of the Mandel Clinic's Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project Craig Futterman, along with Northwestern's Locke Bowman, filed a motion opposing the City of Chicago's attempt to have set aside a federal jury's finding that there exists a "code of silence" within the Chicago Police Department. This code, the jury found, prevents repercussions against abusive officers like Anthony Abbate, famously captured on video beating female bartender Karolina Obrycka. A status hearing on the city's motion will be held tomorrow. In a Tribune article published on Tuesday, Futterman called the Emanuel administration's motion an attempt to create a "code of silence on the code of silence." You can read more about Futterman's motion in a Tribune article published yesterday and updated today, and check out his commentary to the AP and ABC after the original verdict was rendered.