Craig Futterman on Chicago's Outgoing Police Superintendent

Chicago’s new interim top cop Charlie Beck comes with a Black Lives Matter warning

His three-year tenure saw efforts to reform the police department through a consent decree and efforts to institute improved police oversight. 

“At the end of the day, under his leadership the code of silence remains alive and well. He’s made incremental strides … without rocking the boat,” said Futterman, director of the Police Accountability Project at the University of Chicago Law School, who stopped short of calling Johnson a reformer. 

Johnson ran into “reactionary pushback from the FOP,” which held up some of the reforms, he said.

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