Craig Futterman on Concern of Retreat from Police Reform

March 13, 2017

In the Chicago Sun-Times:

Civil rights advocates expressed alarm that proposed guidelines released this week on Chicago police use of force may signal a retreat from the effort to curb excessive force by officers. The concern comes as the Trump administration shifts its focus from pushing Chicago and other departments to the threat of court if they do not address systemic misconduct.

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University of Chicago law professor Craig B. Futterman said that in trying to appease the police union, “there has been the insertion of squishy language that does no service to the public or police.”

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“What I know is that the police department and the city have proven incapable of changing on their own,” he said. “Without external pressure, without a meaningful hammer, things won’t change. We’ve had a long history of experience that teaches us that.”

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