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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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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Freedom Square banner greets those who visit the encampment. Photo by Kevin Gosztola
01 Sep 2016

Freedom Square Encampment Enters New Chapter As Chicago Residents Take Control

Forty-one days ago, in the community of Lawndale on the west side of Chicago, the Let Us Breathe Collective launched the Freedom Square occupation.

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From "March For Justice"  for victims of police violence in December 2014 (Photo by Otto Yamamoto)
12 Jul 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ by The Garner Family

Eric Garner was killed by New York police on July 17, 2014. Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in a chokehold. He cried out, “I can’t breathe!” The officers involved in apprehending him showed no mercy, and his death was captured on video. A grand jury on Staten Island refused to

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Activists form a blockade in Chicago to demand justice for those killed by police. Screenshot from video by Project NIA
16 Dec 2015

Sixteen Bodies, Sixteen Shots: Blockade Honors Laquan McDonald & Others Killed By Chicago Police

Each of the activists represented one of the 16 shots Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke unloaded into Laquan McDonald’s body on October 20, 2014.

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Chicago Mayor's Office broadcast of Rahm Emanuel's speech on the growing Chicago Police scandal. (Screenshot)
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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Screenshot of video of Chicago Police Press Conference.
25 Nov 2015

Rahm Is Wrong: Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Represents Chicago Police

Before releasing a video of white cop killing black teen Laquan McDonald, Chicago’s Mayor insisted the officer was not representative of the city’s police.

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Mugshot of Jason Van Dyke, Chicago Police officer charged in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Chicago Police Department)
24 Nov 2015

After Coverup Fails, Chicago Cop Charged With Murder Of Laquan McDonald

The case against Jason Van Dyke marks the first time in Chicago’s history that a police officer faces criminal charges for an on-duty shooting.

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The family of Rekia Boyd hold a banner which reads "I Am Rekia Boyd" at a rally demanding justice in her killing on April 7, 2015. Boyd was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer, Dante Servin, on  March 21, 2012 and Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority recently recommended that he lose his job. (Flickr / Bob Simpson)
16 Sep 2015

In Rare Act, Police Review Agency Recommends Chicago Police Fire Cop

Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, setup to investigate complaints against police, has recommended the cop who killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd be fired. In the history of the agency, it has only recommended two other officers have their job terminated. Both recommendations came this year.

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Marcus Abrams is shown after an incident with police. Abrams, who has autism, says police slammed him to the ground, causing him to suffer a seizure. He was not charged with a crime.
(KARE 11 screenshot)
12 Sep 2015

‘Autism Is Not A Crime’: Transit Police Beat St. Paul Teen During Arrest

Marcus Abrams, a 17-year-old autistic teen from St. Paul, who also suffers from seizures, didn’t belong on the tracks at a Metro Transit station, but his family is questioning the violence of his subsequent arrest during which police tackled him to the platform floor. Advocates for the autistic and disabled say the incident highlights the need for better police training.

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