Victim of Chicago Police Det. Guevara, Wrongfully Imprisoned 22 Years, Sues City

Thomas Sierra was 19-years-old when he was wrongly put behind bars for more than half of his life. CHICAGO – The parade of once-young victims speaking out against gross Chicago police misconduct grew one stronger today as Thomas Sierra, a man who spent more than half his life wrongfully behind bars, sued the City of… Read More

Public outcry kills proposed FOIA law tweak that would’ve hidden police misconduct records

By Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader Photo by Rich Hein, Chicago Sun-Times On Monday, April 23, within hours of Democratic state rep Anthony Deluca filing a bill to amend Illinois’s Freedom of Information law, a crescendo of opposition arose from civil rights lawyers and government transparency advocates. The amendment would’ve made misconduct complaints against police officers… Read More

Police Accountability Shot

This month, the Supreme Court decided Kisela v. Hughes, a case that makes it even more difficult to hold police officers accountable for unlawfully shooting the people they are supposed to serve and protect.  Police officers are almost never meaningfully investigated, much less disciplined, by their fellow law enforcement agencies for shooting people.  And they’re even… Read More

Man Wrongfully Imprisoned 30 Years Sues Cops & FBI Agents Who Framed Him

Jailed at age 17, George Perrot is one of the longest-imprisoned, wrongfully convicted people in nation’s history January 25, 2018 – Boston, MA – Attorneys for George Perrot, who suffered one of the longest wrongful imprisonments in the nation’s history, today sued the City of Springfield, MA, an assistant district attorney, and numerous Springfield police… Read More

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

Criminalizing the Opposition to Police Shootings

In a disturbing, anti-democratic combination, the federal government is simultaneously trying to bury the number of police shootings happening around the country while criminalizing opposition to this violence. How have we reached a point where the government so blatantly flouts democratic norms? The Guardian reports that the government’s “effort” to document police shootings of civilians… Read More

Wrongfully Imprisoned Suburban Day Care Worker Sues Those Who Fixed Murder Case Against Her

Jennifer Del Prete wrongfully imprisoned for nearly a decade thanks to junk “science,” suppression of evidence to convict her in phony daycare abuse scare ROMEOVILLE, IL – A woman who was the victim of a sensationalist scare about alleged predatory daycare workers a decade ago is suing Romeoville police and “experts” who fabricated scientific findings… 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

The End of Police Accountability

Not to be alarmist, but 21 Republican members of Congress have introduced identical bills in the House and Senate that would end important civil rights protections and dramatically change the landscape of this area of the law. With Republicans controlling all branches of the federal government, this destructive bill has a very strong chance of… Read More