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"How Dare Him": Chicago Officials Are Livid About Jussie Smollett

Chicago officials were blindsided — and infuriated — by the news that all the charges were being dropped against him.
Tess Owen
3.26.19
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Why the Agency That's Supposed to Hold Chicago Cops Accountable Is Such a Failure

A veteran cop and independent police investigator explains why it's so hard to get the police under control in Chicago.
Justin Glawe
12.9.15
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Finally, the Federal Government Is Investigating the Notoriously Brutal Chicago Police Department

The Department of Justice probe comes less than two weeks after the release of the graphic video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times.
Justin Glawe
12.7.15
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A New Database Reveals Just How Rarely Chicago Cops Get Punished

Data gathered from lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests paint an ugly picture of police accountability in the Windy City, with whites getting their complaints addressed far more often than blacks.
Alison Flowers
11.10.15
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The Horrifically Racist Photo That Led to the Firing of a Chicago Cop

Chicago Police Officer Timothy McDermott was fired last year for misconduct, and an old photo where he and another officer are holding rifles over a black man wearing antlers explains why.
Allie Conti
5.27.15
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Talking to the Journalist Who Uncovered Police Torture in Chicago

"House of Screams" by John Conroy kicked off a decades-long effort to unravel the web of a Chicago cop's torturous ways. We asked him how it all went down and whether police in the Windy City have changed.
Justin Glawe
5.15.15
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As Part of a Reparations Deal, Chicago Teens Will Learn About Police Brutality in School

As part of a massive deal to compensate survivors of police abuse, Chicago Public Schools will teach eighth and tenth graders about the horrific legacy of Jon Burge.
Alison Flowers
5.6.15
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Freddy Martinez Is Exposing Chicago Cops' NSA-Style Surveillance Gear

With a lawsuit last summer, Freddy Martinez forced the Chicago Police to admit to purchasing the StingRay, a cell-phone tracking tool. Now he's in the midst of a second suit with the CPD to uncover how they've used the technology.
Justin Glawe
3.31.15