First step in fixing Chicago police: Acknowledge racism

Chicago is one of many big cities facing a lack of faith in its police force. The reasons for this are myriad, neighborhood by neighborhood. Now a new task force report says bluntly that the department must face its racist history. Although the entire report is not yet released, an 18-page executive summary calls the […]

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FAIR COPS: A revolutionary approach to Chicago police reform

Chicago doesn’t need another commission to figure out what’s wrong with city policing. What it needs is a truly independent review agency. In the wake of the video showing Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times — released 13 months after the October 2014 killing and only after a lawsuit […]

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Laquan’s killing wasn’t cop’s first go-round with misconduct

When Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, it was one more step in the 14-year veteran officer’s history with the Chicago Police Department. Van Dyke was charged with misconduct 20 times, 18 of which were apparently carried through to a disciplinary hearing. In every case, he got off, including the […]

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