Editorial: New use-of-force guidelines for Chicago cops

by Editorial Board The Chicago Police Department has had plenty of bad days in recent years, but few as dismal as Jan. 13. That was when the U.S. Department of Justice published a report blistering the department for excessive reliance on force, “systemic deficiencies in training and accountability” and a code of silence that protects bad cops. The only good … Read More

Two Chicago officers who shot and killed, Paul O’Neal, an unarmed black man fleeing in a stolen vehicle immediately “relieved of powers” for violating department policies

Paul O’Neal, an 18 year-old unarmed black man, seeking to escape police in a stolen vehicle, sideswiped a squad car injuring officers. The Chicago patrolmen shot O’Neal while he was driving away. O’Neal died prior to reaching hospital. Superintendent Eddie Johnson, seeking to re-build trust in wake of Laquan McDonald scandal, demonstrates unprecedented transparency and takes immediate action, relieving the … Read More

Police Accountability Task Force: Recommendations for Reform of the Chicago Police Department

Excerpts – The full report is available at https://chicagopatf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PATF_Final_Report_4_13_16-1.pdf “The police need to know who they work for – the community. The authority that they have belongs to the people.”1 The Police Accountability Task Force arose amidst a significant and historic public outcry. The outcry brought people into the streets, on social media and on other venues to say in a … Read More