Race and Policing

Craig Futterman Speaks at Press Conference for Lawsuit over Federal Oversight of Chicago Police (Video)

Lawsuit, citing ‘thin blue line,’ seeks federal court oversight of CPD
Jon Seidel, Fran Spielman and Mitch Dudek
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2017

Accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of trying to cut a “back-room deal” with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lawyers for Black Lives Matter Chicago and other community groups filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday seeking federal oversight of the city’s police department.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Futterman: Without Police Oversight "We'll Be Having the Same Conversation After the Next Scandal"

Federal lawsuit seeks to force court oversight of Chicago police reform
Dan Hinkel
The Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2017

The roughly 130-page lawsuit — which seeks class-action status — invokes police uses of force dating to the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the killing of Black Panther Fred Hampton

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on Police Reform Lawsuit: "This Is a Real Test for the Mayor"

Court oversight of Chicago police reforms sought in lawsuit
Michael Tarm
The Washington Post
June 14, 2017

Several leading community groups, including a local Black Lives Matter organization, filed a class-action lawsuit against Chicago on Wednesday in a bid to bypass or even scuttle a draft agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice that seeks to reform the nation’s second largest police force without federal court oversight.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on Emanuel Backing Off Commitment to Court Oversight of Chicago Police Reform

Emanuel backs off from commitment to court oversight of Chicago police reform
Dan Hinkel, Annie Sweeney and Bill Ruthhart
The Chicago Tribune
June 2, 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed off his commitment to enter a court-enforced agreement with the federal government to reform the 

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on Chicago Police's New Limits on Use of Force

Chicago Police Adopt New Limits on Use of Force
Mitch Smith and Timothy Williams
The New York Times
May 17, 2017

Chicago officials, and even some longtime skeptics of the department, hailed the new regulations as a sign that the police here are improving even though federal scrutiny of the department has eased since President Trump was inaugurated.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Futterman: Chicago Police Use of Force Policy Draft is "Out of Step with Best Practice"

CPD’s Latest Draft of Use of Force Policy Is Out of Step with Best Practices; Sustained Monitoring of Federal Consent Decree is Needed
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
March 17, 2017

The second draft of the Chicago Police Department’s use of force policy is out of step with best practice in policing and underscores the need for “sustained external monitoring and oversight provided by a federal consent decree,” according to Sheila A.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project Files New Lawsuit For Laquan McDonald Records

Journalist suing CPD for refusing to release McDonald records
Jordan Owen
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2017

On Nov. 11, 2016, Kalven made a FOIA request for the records of the 11 completed investigations by the Office of the Inspector General of Chicago police officers involved in the cover-up of the shooting of Laquan McDonald by Jason Van Dyke provided to the department, along with any attachments, according to the lawsuit.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman
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