Alleged witness describes cop beating victim

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By Ben Bradley April 16, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) –The family of a man whose beating by a suburban police officer was captured on camera says they don’t feel safe in Streamwood and are considering moving.  The Streamwood officer is suspended and facing criminal charges. Now for the first time, the public is hearing from a witness.  The… Read More

City Ordered to Turn Over Records of Surveillance

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By Patricia Manson Law Bulletin   Two men who claim the City of Chicago routinely — and illegally — suppresses dissent over the war in Iraq are entitled to use police surveillance records to try to prove their case, a federal judge has held. In an opinion made available Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys… Read More

L.A. Sheriff’s Officials Indicted on Jail Misconduct Charges

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  The Chicago Tribune reports that 18 L.A. sheriff’s officials have been indicted in connection with five different criminal cases. Four grand jury indictments have been unsealed, alleging that deputies at the Men’s Central Jail unjustly detained people, beat inmates and visitors without justification and conspired to obstruct a federal investigation into the misconduct. One indictment… Read More

Justice Department Seeks to End Wrongful Convictions

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The Justice Department has joined forces with the Innocence Project and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in an attempt to end wrongful convictions, The Washington Post reports.  The organizations have come up with a list of 30 recommendations for police investigations, and the IACP will urge departments nationwide to “adopt new guidelines… Read More

Supreme Court Grants Case Regarding Use of Force in Police Chases

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On November 15, 2013, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case Plumhoff v. Rickard.  Scotusblog reports that the Court will “try to clarify further when police act unconstitutionally by pursuing a suspect in a high-speed chase that results in death or injury.” In July of 2004, Donald Rickard was pulled over by a West… Read More

Prosecutor Gets Jail Time for Wrongful Conviction

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In November 2013, former Judge and Prosecutor Ken Anderson agreed to time in jail for deliberately withholding exculpatory evidence.  CNN reports that in 1986, Anderson prosecuted Michael Morton for the murder of his wife Christine, tearfully telling the jury that Morton bludgeoned his wife to death.  Morton was convicted despite a lack of physical evidence.… Read More

Detective Charged In Fatal Shooting

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On November 25, 2013, Detective Dante Servin was charged in connection with a shooting that left 22-year-old Rekia Boyd dead.  The Chicago Tribune reports that Servin is only the second officer to be prosecuted for a shooting since 1997.  Since 1998, 659 people in Chicago have been shot by the police. Servin was off duty when he… Read More