Pleased to participate in this Intersections: Research-into-Teaching working group at the University of Florida:
Intersections on Mass Incarceration
In response to the fact that the United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other country and disproportionately incarcerates people of color, this Intersections Group will explore what a future without mass incarceration in the United States could look like
Who guards the guardians? (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
“Chicago police were protesting the non-payment and potential firing of police who the city determined had wrongly shot and killed Chicagoans they were sworn to protect, as well as police who lied under oath.”
An old (2016) but still important study on Chicago and civil forfeiture, who it benefits (cops and prosecutors) and who it harms (including people who committed no crimes):
Since 2009, the year CPD began keeping electronic records of its forfeiture accounts, the department has brought in nearly $72 million in cash and assets through civil forfeiture, keeping nearly $47 million for itself and sending on almost $18 million to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and almost $7.2 million to the Illinois State Police, according to our analysis of CPD records.
The Chicago Police Board orders two officers be fired for making false statements in their reports and under oath:
The officers “knowingly and intentionally falsified official police reports and lied under oath at a criminal trial,” the board said in its 8-0 decision. “Had their testimony been believed, it is likely that Mr. Vasquez would have been convicted of one or more crimes. It is difficult to overstate the harm this would have caused.”
Article quotes ex-cop as defining the ‘code of silence’ as coordinated lying.
Spalding said Johnson and other top police officials ought to do two things. First, she said, they should keep acknowledging “that a code of silence does exist and that they’re not going to tolerate it anymore.”
Claims of aggressive policing after AFT agent shot in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood:
More than two dozen people outlined claims of intimidation, harassment and mistreatment by officers as they try to find the attacker. The group said while they feel for law enforcement, gunfire in the neighborhood happens on a daily basis and they don’t see a similar police response.
For more: http://wgntv.com/2018/05/05/manhunt-continues-after-atf-agent-shot-in-head-back-of-the-yards-residents-call-police-response-too-aggressive/
“ ‘This is a city with a history of sending people out to record protesters. Now imagine doing it with facial recognition technology,’ says Ed Yohnka of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.”