Futterman Discusses CPD 'Code of Silence' with AP and ABC News

November 16, 2012

Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Mandel Clinic's Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, has been a popular source for commentary in the media on the recent verdict in a civil suit in which the Chicago Police Department was found guilty of covering up the beating of a female bartender by a city police officer. Futterman told the AP, "If the city fails to finally address the issues associated around this blue wall of silence, when (more lawsuits) allege the same code of silence and other instances of abuse, the city is going to be on the hook." Interviewed by ABC News about the code of silence, he said, "I think the best police leaders try to take it head on, and they do have those conversations about what needs to be done, but they need to have support not just in the police department, but from the mayor, too."