Less than two weeks from the anniversary of the start of Chicago’s 1919 Race Riots, here’s a history of the Black fight for rights in the years before the riots: http://scalar.usc.edu/works/fightforrights
”On Monday, the criminal convictions stemming from those arrests will be dismissed by Cook County prosecutors, along with charges against 15 other men who also fell victim to Watts and his corrupt crew of tactical officers, the Chicago Tribune has learned.”
This will bring the total number of convictions overturned because of misconduct by the former police sergeant to 42.
Newspapers are reporting former Chicago police commander, Jon Burge, long accused of torturing suspects, has died.
On Friday, July 27, the city of Chicago and the Illinois Attorney General issued a joint agreement proposing police reforms in light of the DOJ report on police misconduct in Chicago. At this stage, their report is only a draft. It has been issued to solicit public comments. A final, revised report is due to be filed in court later this fall.
After the publication of a 2017 DOJ report tracing the recent history of police misconduct in Chicago, the Attorney General of the United States dismissed the findings of the report and refused to enforce it. As a result, a group representing Black Lives Matter, the ACLU, and the Attorney General for Illinois filed separate lawsuits to implement the reforms called for in the DOJ report. Pushed by those suits, the Chicago government began to work with those groups to draft a consent decree desigbed to control police misconduct.
It has been a long and contentious process. The Police Accountability Task Force, offered a report. Community and activists groups prepared a draft decree to help guide the process. When parts of a draft agreement were leaked (here) the FOP objected to the elements of the proposal.
We all too often ignore the role courts play in enabling police misconduct, ignoring prosecutorial excess, and expanding mass incarceration.
This article notes one instance (a bail decision) where a judge advanced criminal justice reform.
Police misconduct in Chicago (predictably) gives rise to problems in the courts:
At least 37 criminal cases have been dropped by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office since Chicago police removed Elizondo and Salgado from street duties on Jan. 31, according to the analysis of Police Department arrest data obtained through an open records request as well as court records.