18 Jan 2019

Laquan McDonald’s Family: Jason Van Dyke’s Sentence Reduces Laquan To ‘Second-Class Citizen’

Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke to six years and eight months in state prison for second-degree murder. He killed a black 17 year-old named Laquan McDonald. It was the first time 

that a Chicago police officer was sentenced to prison for a shooting in

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Photo by Jobs For Felons Hub on Flickr.
01 Nov 2017

Appeals Court Lets Officer Off Hook For ‘Unconstitutional Arrest’ Because He Couldn’t Have Known It Violated Rights

The court asserted the officer couldn’t have known force was “clearly unreasonable” given “lack of guiding precedent,” and granted him immunity for his actions.

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Chicago Police Officer
13 Jan 2017

Justice Department Report Shows Chicago Police Routinely Use Violence And Lie About It

The Justice Department released the results of an investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s record of unlawful policing, including the routine use of brutality or deadly force against residents. The city of Chicago, police, and leadership within the CPD and its police officer union “acknowledge that a code of silence

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18 Nov 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 25: Don’t Get Caught

On this episode, Roqayah and Kumars speak with Freddy Martinez, a computer security researcher and activist specializing in communications security and police accountability.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks on October 5 about the passage of an ordinance to create a Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). Still image from City of Chicago broadcast.
06 Oct 2016

Rahm Emanuel Resists Citizen Oversight Of Chicago Police

By not establishing a civilian oversight mechanism as part of this push for police reform, Rahm Emanuel showed he does not trust Chicagoans.

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05 Jan 2016

Another Chicago Cover-up: Judge Orders New Trial For Police Who Killed Darius Pinex

In the latest Chicago cover-up, a judge ordered a new trial of the police that killed Darius Pinex after a city lawyer deliberately withheld evidence.

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09 Dec 2015

Rahm Emanuel Condemns Police Code of Silence Which His Administration Enabled

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel condemned Chicago Police corruption while deflecting criticism of his administration’s involvement in a corrupt police culture.

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25 Nov 2015

Over 1,000 People Killed By Police Since The Beginning Of 2015

Just 34 police officers have been shot during the same time period, and one criminal justice blogger called 2015 “the second safest year for police ever.”

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26 Aug 2015

Ferguson Protesters Unveil Campaign Zero, Can It Help End Police Brutality?

Three Ferguson protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement recently unveiled Campaign Zero, a set of 10 demands for police reform. Shadowproof readers discussed the possibilities on social media, and while many supported the ideas in the plan, others argued that it doesn’t go nearly far enough.

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05 Aug 2015

Austin Police Accountability Activist Arrested On Copwatch, Again

Antonio Buehler, Austin-Texas-based police accountability activist, has been arrested for copwatching — again. Buehler was arrested Saturday while filming the police with Peaceful Streets Project, a group he founded that frequently holds “copwatch” events, and spent about 18 hours in jail.

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