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

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

Loevy & Loevy Wins Summary Judgment in U of I FOIA Case

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In January, we wrote about Professor Steven Salaita’s fight for academic freedom. He was fired from a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza last year. Loevy & Loevy partnered with the Center for Constitutional Rights to file the federal civil rights lawsuit on Salaita’s behalf. Loevy & Loevy… Read More

Cell phone Surveillance by the Police

With this week’s amendment to the Patriot Act limiting the federal government’s surveillance of American phone records, people may believe that their private phone calls are actually more private. While the limits of the new legislation in actually protecting our privacy are a whole other topic, one thing is plain: it does not change the… 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

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

Loevy & Loevy Forces FBI To Produce Files On Convicted Chicago Cop

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In 2013, Chicago police officer Ronald Watts pled guilty to demanding protection payoffs for years from drug dealers in the Ida B. Wells public housing complex. Watts is currently serving time in federal prison. Watts’ conduct was called a “betrayal” and “unconscionable” by the judge who sentenced him. Despite the deplorable nature of Watts’ conduct,… Read More

School District Pays Nearly $150K To Parent Banned From School Board Meetings

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A federal court in Vermont recently found that a local school board in Vermont violated the right to free speech under the First Amendment and to due process under the Fourteenth Amendment by banning a parent from attending local school board meetings for two years. The parties then reached a settlement of nearly $150,000. Unfortunately,… Read More