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

Unequal Justice

Our system of unequal justice was on further display last week in St. Louis, where police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley was accused of chasing Mr. Smith for three miles, shooting him without provocation, and then planting a gun in Mr. Smith’s car. A recording device inside… 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

Mom Sues Cop Who Killed Her Unarmed Son

After repeatedly tazing and beating a man who was begging for his life, Knox County cop shot him twice, committing “intentional homicide” LONDON, KY – A mother today sued in federal court Knox County, a Knox County sherriff’s deputy, and Knox County constable for allowing the deputy to repeatedly taze her unarmed, non-resisting son, beat… Read More

Record Wisconsin Settlement for Police Shooting of Tony Robinson, Jr.

Unarmed Teenager Was Shot by a Madison Police Officer At a news conference this afternoon in Madison, WI, the family of Tony Robinson, Jr. and their attorneys will be discussing the $3.35 million settlement of the case, which exceeds by more than $1 million the previous record in Wisconsin for a police-officer shooting suit. Tony… Read More

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

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

Gun Ownership and Racism

How law enforcement thinks about gun ownership rights has everything to do with race. The bottom line is that open carry gun laws and gun ownership laws in general afford rights that the police often only recognize for white people. That sounds like a pretty inflammatory thing to say, but once you look at how… Read More