The Chicago Police Department has agreed to reform the way it stops people on the street. There’s a new float in this year’s Bud Billiken parade that calls attention to police brutality. The great granddaughter of Chicago journalist and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells is working to honor honor Wells with a monument in Bronzeville. A new public art project in Chicago gives voice to the city's statues. The American Bar Association has its first black female president.
As part of an agreement announced Friday morning between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Chicago police department, there will be an independent evaluation of CPD’s practices and procedures.
A few years back, the New York Police Department came under fire for its controversial stop-and-frisk policy. The practice was disproportionately used to perform searches on minorities and a federal judge found the policy unconstitutional. A few years later, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois say Chicago cops initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City counterparts ever did. WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien has the latest. Also, Nino Arobelidze sings.
Chicago's Police Department uses a system known as contact cards to track everything from stop and frisks to everyday contacts with citizens. But unlike NYC, the question of who gets frisked and how often isn't easy to answer.