Police accountability?

Saved by the miraculous discovery of vital evidence

The ruling marks the second time that Poulos, who is white, has been cleared in a fatal shooting of a black man. In the first shooting, which happened in 2013, an off-duty Poulos thought 28-year-old Rickey Rozelle was armed when he saw him holding a shiny object near his waist, but no weapon was recovered, only a chrome-colored watch.

Bad Practices Have Consequences


”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.

DRAFT Consent decree to implement police reforms in Chicago

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.

July 31: more reactions to the draft: From a mayoral candidate (and the former president of the Chicago Police Board). From the governor of Illinois.

And from August, another important discussion. Still more here.