Futterman on New Transparency in Chicago Police Abuse Allegations

Police Abuse Allegations Finally Go Public
Craig Futterman, Jamie Kalven, Jon Loevy and Flint Taylor
Chicago Sun-Times
July 18, 2014

We stand at a watershed in the long history of efforts to address patterns of police abuse in Chicago. On March 10, the state appellate court held in Kalven v. Chicago that documents bearing on allegations of police misconduct are public information. On July 11, the Emanuel administration announced that it will not appeal Kalven and that it has adopted a set of procedures for implementing the decision.

As the plaintiff and attorneys in Kalven, we engaged in extended negotiations with Corporation Counsel Steve Patton and his staff in order to settle the case. The Emanuel administration is to be commended. Not only does its new transparency policy conform to Kalven, in some respects it goes beyond what the decision requires.

This is real reform. It is important to understand why.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman
Faculty: 
Jon Loevy