Racism in Blue

Just before Trump’s inauguration, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a Report summarizing its recent investigation of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which resulted in many important findings. The Report discusses the police department’s pattern and practice of using excessive force, including rampant and unwarranted police shootings, profoundly unethical police practices, and a… Read More

Federal Suit Challenges Chicago Police Use of “Stingray” Spying Devices

Attorneys for long-time National Lawyers Guild legal observer Jerry Boyle filed suit in federal court today to challenge the sweeping use of “Stingray” cell phone spying devices by Chicago Police. The suit, which aims to be certified as a class action, alleges that the stingray devices are frequently used without warrants or any official guidance,… Read More

2016’s Final Wrongful Conviction Roundup

It’s time for this year’s final wrongful conviction round-up, our quarterly examination of some of the exonerations from around the country. As always, there are moving and important stories to tell. These stories continue to remind us of the human toll of our country’s out-of-control criminal system. Jose Montaez and Armando Serrano: I am proud… Read More

BREAKING: Federal Jury Slams Chicago in One of the Highest Wrongful Conviction Awards in U.S. History

In one of the highest awards of its type in U.S. history, a 12-member federal jury today following a month-long trial found the City of Chicago and its current and former police officers liable for $22 million in compensatory damages and $40,000 in punitive damages. Fields spent the majority of his 18 years in prison… Read More

The Truth of the Slager Trial

Remember the bystander video, taken after Walter Scott was stopped by police for having a burnt out taillight bulb? It circulated on the news and social media, showing Mr. Scott’s feeble jog away from the police officer, and Officer Michael Slager firing eight shots at Mr. Scott’s back. At the recent criminal trial against Officer… 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

The Importance of the Pipeline Protests

A militarized response to a peaceful protest has no place in a civilized democracy. Such a response shows how our government systems often seek to protect the profit interests, at the expense of the marginalized. And that’s what we see as the government tries to shut down the protests at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, although this time the protesters appear to… Read More

Tracking Police Shootings

The federal government has finally decided that tracking national data about police shootings and in-custody police deaths is important. With police shootings regularly devastating communities, understanding the patterns behind the problem is essential to getting a handle on the violence. In theory, beginning next year we will no longer need to count on private tracking… Read More

BREAKING–Ohio’s Largest-Ever Wrongful Conviction Verdict Upheld

Cleveland slammed by judge for evading responsibility for 2013 award, upping the ante to $14.6M David Ayers spent 11-1/2 years in prison for a murder he did not commit; Police reports suggest arrest was motivated by anti-gay animus CLEVELAND – A judge ruled this morning that the City of Cleveland cannot evade financial responsibility for… Read More