This sounds familiar

This description of what happened in 1988:

During interrogation, Kitchen says, officers handcuffed him to the wall and beat him repeatedly with a nightstick, a telephone, a telephone book, and their own fists.

Sounds a lot like what Robert Nixon claimed happened to him in 1938:

After that, several officers (Nixon guessed there were about six) had him stand on something while they cuffed his arms to the wall. Once his arms were secured, they kicked whatever he had been standing on out from under him, leaving him hanging by his arms.

Courts and confusion

Confused verdict from the civil suit against CPD Officer Rialmo

In a chaotic finish to a high-profile trial, a judge first announced that a jury had found that a Chicago police officer unjustifiably shot and killed a bat-wielding teen, then wiped away the verdict and the $1 million award to the teen’s family after noting that jurors had also found that the officer reasonably feared for his life when he fired

As the Tribune notes in that article, there was an earlier case with similar confusion:

The situation echoed at least one other case in Cook County over a shooting by Chicago police. In 2015, a jury found that an officer shot and killed a 19-year-old man without justification and awarded $3.5 million in damages. In that case, however, the jury also answered a special interrogatory and said the officer believed his life was in danger when he fired. The judge wiped away the verdict, but the Illinois Appellate Court overturned her decision and reinstated the award in February.

That earlier decision was reversed in February 2018, when the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the jury verdict.


Lots of news

There are quite a few CPD pattern and practice-type stories in the news today:

1. Verdict for ousted investigator:

Davis had alleged in a lawsuit that he was fired because he refused to change his findings in controversial police cases. After eight days of testimony and at least 19 witnesses, the jury awarded him $800,000 in back pay, and $2 million for emotional distress.

2. The city is refusing to turn over records regarding the shooting death of a juvenile:

Cook County Circuit Court judge has blasted a decision by attorneys for the city of Chicago in their refusal to release records detailing how Chicago police officers shot and killed a 16-year-old.

3. The trial of an officer for another shooting continues.