Futterman Quoted in Sun-Times Front-Page Article on Cost of Police Misconduct Suits

April 4, 2014

Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights and Police Accounatbility Project Craig Futterman was quoted in a front-page article in the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday on the skyrocketing costs of police misconduct suits against the city:

The city is working to reduce the number of new lawsuits, including more police officer training, the spokeswoman says in an email.

But that’s not enough: The city must remedy a department-wide code of silence that protects officers, and a flawed disciplinary system that doesn’t punish as often or as severely as it should, says University of Chicago law professor Craig Futterman, who has co-authored a report on Chicago police misconduct.

“Until that changes we’re going to continue to pay out money,” he says, adding the department needs to do a better job identifying and disciplining officers with multiple misconduct complaints.

A longer version of the article can also be found on bettergov.org.