Alison Flowers

true crime

How to Stop Dirty Cops from Putting Innocent People in Prison

Information about bad cops' career histories can help everyone from lawyers to the public know who to watch out for.
Alison Flowers
10.29.18
the vice reader

What It's Like to Get Exonerated of Murder After 21 Years in Prison

Relief, gratitude, paranoia, and keeping a butcher's knife under your pillow.
Alison Flowers
6.1.16
News

Chicago Just Released Video of Another 17-Year-Old Getting Shot By Police

A controversial review found the fatal 2013 shooting of Cedric Chatman to be justified, but the footage of his death is sure to stoke tension.
Alison Flowers
1.15.16
News

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
News

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
News

Chicago Is Finally Ready to Give Reparations to Police Torture Survivors

Decades of brutality forced city officials' hands, but recent investigations suggest abuses by Chicago cops are far from over.
Alison Flowers
4.17.15
americas

Playing Politics With Chicago's Murder Epidemic

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is facing growing questions about his failed $55 million plan to fight crime in the nation's murder capital.
Alison Flowers
10.18.14
News

Playing Politics with Chicago's Murder Epidemic

Locked in a tight race for reelection, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is facing growing questions about his failed $55 million anti-violence initiative.
Alison Flowers
10.14.14
The Do It Well and Leave Something Witchy Issue

Turning Up the Heat on Detroit’s Cold Cases

About 18 months ago, the Detroit Police Department disbanded its cold case unit. Now, a group of mothers whose children have been murdered are picking up the slack.
Alison Flowers
10.6.14
The True Crime Issue

Chicago's Torture Victims Want Justice

Starting in 1971, more than 100 black men in Chicago were tortured and forced to confess to serious crimes as part of a police-sanctioned campaign that continued for almost 20 years under then Police Commander Jon Burge.
Alison Flowers
9.22.14