Chicago Police Sued to Produce Key Investigative Records

Despite history of improperly withholding “street files” from criminal defendants, CPD tries to keep information secret under FOIA that could lead to exonerations For years, the Chicago Police Department hid from criminal defendants potentially exculpatory information in secret unofficial “street files.”  In response to widespread criticism of this practice, CPD changed its policies to require… Read More

Chicago Police Sued for Refusing to Disclose Extent of Cell Phone Spying

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Privacy activist Freddy Martinez sued the Chicago Police Department today to force release of records showing the extent of its use of sophisticated spying equipment that can trick residents’ and visitors’ cell phones into transmitting personal information to the police.  The Freedom of Information Act suit also aims to discover whether the CPD has any… Read More