Craig Futterman on Historic Court Order Aimed at Reforming Chicago Police

Judge approves historic court order aimed at reforming Chicago Police Department: 'Let us begin'

A federal judge has approved the court order designed to spur a sweeping overhaul of the troubled Chicago Police Department.

The consent decree approved Thursday by U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. is aimed at tightening supervision, improving training and fixing the city’s police disciplinary system by instituting changes that range from the broad to the specific.


Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago law professor who represents some of those activist groups, said in a statement that Dow’s order marked “a real victory for the people of Chicago who have fought tirelessly against unchecked police brutality.” The ACLU of Illinois said in a statement that the ruling was “the catalyst for change we have been waiting for.”

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