The Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2017 Q2

This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup again highlights alarming patterns of intentional police misconduct resulting in tragic injustice. There are infamous individual cops who have caused tons of wrongful convictions by doing “whatever it takes” to pin a crime on a suspect rather than conscientiously investigating the crime. The result is that the officers invariably nab… Read More

Victim of Notorious Frame-Up Cop Sues Chicago in Federal Court

Jose Montanez Was Wrongfully Imprisoned 23 Years Thanks to Disgraced Det. Reynaldo Guevara Today a man who lost 23 years of his life serving time in a prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is suing in federal court a disgraced former police detective who used dozens of frame-ups to advance his career. While serving… 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

Investigate Homan Square

  If the mainstream media were to discuss a secret police bunker where suspects were “disappeared” – held against their will, without criminal charges, and subject to secret, violent interrogations – most people would likely think the bunker was in an authoritarian country lacking in constitutional protections like ours.  The media shies away from such… Read More

Doubling Down With Police Tasers

Chicago’s long time police shooting problem has finally made national news, with the horrifying video of an officer senselessly gunning down Laquan McDonald as the impetus for closer scrutiny. With the spotlight shining on it, the Chicago Police Department is doubling down with a shockingly counterproductive change that will only worsen the situation. It is… Read More

A Culture of Police Violence

There’s been a lot of press about unwarranted police shootings and law enforcement cover-ups of police brutality, but do you ever wonder how on earth a culture developed where some police officers could believe that it is okay to treat people that way? I certainly have. And here’s what I’ve come up with: the culture… Read More

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. It is mystifying to me that such a basic affirmation can be considered divisive. And yet there have been many who react to this affirmation defensively. Many interpret the irrefutable phrase into a negation of its opposite, as if it were an inflammatory, anti-white or anti-police rallying cry. That twist is just… Read More

Tracking Police Shootings

It is heartening to see reports of the recent decrease in police involved shootings in Chicago.   With high profile police shootings capturing the media’s attention and horrific police shooting stories capturing the nation’s heart, it is encouraging to have some better news to report – especially coming from Chicago, a city with such a checkered… Read More

Cook County State’s Attorney Sued for Hiding Details of Controversial Surveillance Activities

While prosecutors are largely shielded from suits, the Supreme Court has ruled they can’t dodge FOIA responsibilities CHICAGO – Against a backdrop of growing scrutiny into police surveillance nationwide, the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was sued today for refusing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking for… Read More

CPD Hit For Hiding Records About Officers Engaged in Perjury and Other Misconduct

States Attorney Alvarez Shields Dirty Cops From Prosecution, Says Suit CHICAGO – A civil rights attorney here filed suit against the Chicago Police Department today for stonewalling his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests aimed at gathering more evidence about lying while under oath by two police officers, Allyson Bogdalek and Dominick Catinella. “The public… Read More