Tribune Editorial Cites Futterman's Research on Police Misconduct

March 26, 2014

A March 24 editorial in the Chicago Tribune calling for the city to make public records of police misconduct cites research by Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Mandel Clinic's Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project:

Chicago has a disgraceful history of protecting bad cops. By fighting to keep those files from view, the city only reinforces the suspicion that it's trying to cover up misconduct.

An analysis of police data done by University of Chicago law professor Craig Futterman... showed that citizen complaints of abuse by officers between 2002 and 2004 were sustained only about 1 percent of the time, far less than in other major metro departments. Futterman also found that the department made little effort to identify officers who were the subject of multiple complaints.

Read the entire editorial here and read the analysis mentioned here.