Public outcry kills proposed FOIA law tweak that would’ve hidden police misconduct records

By Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader Photo by Rich Hein, Chicago Sun-Times On Monday, April 23, within hours of Democratic state rep Anthony Deluca filing a bill to amend Illinois’s Freedom of Information law, a crescendo of opposition arose from civil rights lawyers and government transparency advocates. The amendment would’ve made misconduct complaints against police officers… Read More

Mass Exoneration Highlights Chicago’s Continuing Failure to Discipline Police

It was a stunning achievement. At one stroke, on November 16th, 15 men falsely accused and convicted of serious crimes had their convictions overturned when mounting and overwhelming evidence demonstrated that their police accusers were themselves criminals who engaged in the serious crimes of framing these men. Later that night, seven alleged corrupt cops were… Read More

Criminalizing the Opposition to Police Shootings

In a disturbing, anti-democratic combination, the federal government is simultaneously trying to bury the number of police shootings happening around the country while criminalizing opposition to this violence. How have we reached a point where the government so blatantly flouts democratic norms? The Guardian reports that the government’s “effort” to document police shootings of civilians… Read More

Journalists Sue Chicago Police Over Hidden Records of SWAT Responses to Mental Health Crises

City Refusal to Release Data About SWAT Team Deployments Since Closures of Mental Health Clinics Prompts Suit CHICAGO – Independent journalist Sarah Lazare and community activist Debbie Southorn sued the Chicago Police Department today demanding release of records about Chicago SWAT deployments responding to mental health crises. A copy of the suit can be found… Read More

Civil Rights Group Sues Chicago Over Preservation of 911 Tapes

City Routinely Violates the Law By Destroying Tapes After Only 30 Days, Jeopardizing Defendants’ Ability to Challenge Police & Others’ Accounts of Crimes CHICAGO – Attorneys with the Chicago Civil Rights Project filed suit against the City of Chicago today for the failure of the City’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications to routinely preserve… Read More

Our Surveillance State

As many of us band together to figure out how to minimize the damage our new president-elect can cause, I want to pass on some useful cautionary information about government surveillance. Much of the opposition research and connection is happening online. Given that reality, let’s understand the frightening extent of government/law enforcement surveillance and the need… Read More

Denver Sued for Refusing to Disclose Video Evidence of Jail Death

An independent news organization sued Denver today to force the release of video and audio recordings showing deputies’ use of force on Michael Marshall that caused his death DENVER – The Colorado Independent, a non-profit news organization, filed a lawsuit today against the City and County of Denver, seeking the release of video and audio… Read More

Loevy & Loevy Client Brandon Smith Wins Release of Laquan McDonald Shooting Videos

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Loevy & Loevy client Brandon Smith, an independent journalist from Chicago, recently secured a major victory under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, requiring the City of Chicago to release video recordings of Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting and killing teenager Laquan McDonald. Loevy & Loevy is proud to represent journalists and citizens in… Read More