WBEZ | CPD http://www.wbez.org/tags/cpd Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Since Ferguson, A Rise In Charges Against Police Officers http://www.wbez.org/news/ferguson-rise-charges-against-police-officers-113953 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/gettyimages-498665158_custom-9c648367ac84089a77935afb947a597730c6d83b-s700-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res457423605" previewtitle="Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Tuesday following the release of a video showing Jason Van Dyke, a police officer, shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the October 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets. So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Tuesday following the release of a video showing Jason Van Dyke, a police officer, shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the October 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets. So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/25/gettyimages-498665158_custom-9c648367ac84089a77935afb947a597730c6d83b-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Tuesday following the release of a video showing Jason Van Dyke, a police officer, shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the October 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets. So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>A question some in Chicago are asking after<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/24/457233148/first-degree-murder-charge-for-chicago-police-officer-who-shot-teen">&nbsp;the release of a video that shows a police officer fatally shooting a black teen</a>: <em>Did prosecutors charge the officer who killed Laquan McDonald only because they had to &mdash; because the video was about to come out?</em></p></div></div></div><p>Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez rejected that notion Tuesday.</p><p>&quot;Pressure? This is no pressure! Why &mdash; I would never be pressured into making any kind of decision, quickly,&quot; she said.</p><p>But across the country, prosecutors do seem to be under more pressure to charge police &mdash; especially in the year since police killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.</p><p>Homicide charges against police are pretty rare; they average about five cases a year. That number comes from Phil Stinson, a former-cop-turned-academic who collects statistics like this at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.</p><p>Stinson says the average is actually slightly less than five cases a year &mdash; but that&#39;s the average for the past decade. This year is looking a little different.</p><p>&quot;As of today, we now have 15 officers who&#39;ve been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting where they&#39;ve shot and killed somebody,&quot; he says.</p><div id="con457426068" previewtitle="Related Stories"><div id="res457425882"><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><div id="res457426024">It&#39;s an interesting jump &mdash; but Stinson&#39;s not ready to draw any conclusions yet.</div></div><p>&quot;It&#39;s hard to say if we&#39;re seeing a pattern, a change in prosecutorial behavior, anything like that, because we&#39;re dealing with such small numbers,&quot; Stinson says. &quot;We&#39;re dealing with outliers.&quot;</p><p>Statistics aside, though, he does think the justice system is giving police less benefit of the doubt than it did when he was a young cop.</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s being chipped away,&quot; he says. &quot;I think that now we&#39;re not taking officers at their word, and that people are looking a little bit closer. And I think that goes for prosecutors as well.&quot;</p><p>Still, there&#39;s a lot of skepticism about whether prosecutors can be objective about the police, whom they work with every day.</p><p>That skepticism grows when the decision to charge them seems to drag out, as it did in McDonald&#39;s case in Chicago, until the video came out &mdash; or in Cleveland, where it&#39;s been<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/11/20/456626171/for-family-of-tamir-rice-an-inauspicious-anniversary">a year since a police officer shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice</a>.</p><p>Jonathan Abady is one of the lawyers representing Rice&#39;s mother; he believes prosecutors there have been using that time to weaken their own case against the officer.</p><p>&quot;It seems to us that it&#39;s taking a year because this prosecutor is more interested in protecting the police, and what they&#39;ve been doing for that year is searching for people who would be willing to call what is clearly in our view an unreasonable police shooting justified,&quot; Abady says.</p><p>The prosecutor in Cleveland calls that theory &quot;baseless,&quot; and in fact, legal experts say it really isn&#39;t fair to assume that the fix is in, just because a charging decision is taking a long time.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s not a race,&quot; says Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School and a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles.</p><p>&quot;There are good strategic reasons for a prosecutor actually not to bring the charges just because they can bring the charges so quickly,&quot; she says.</p><p>Once you&#39;ve file charges, Levenson says, it gets harder to collect evidence against an officer.</p><p>And people don&#39;t realize how hard it is to make a case against cops; they usually have great lawyers, and they still get more sympathy from juries than the average murder defendant. Prosecutors have their work cut out for them, she says, even when there is a video.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/11/25/457415588/since-ferguson-a-rise-in-charges-against-police-officers?ft=nprml&amp;f=457415588" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/ferguson-rise-charges-against-police-officers-113953 Reactions to the Laquan McDonald video and how the city handled the situation http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/reactions-laquan-mcdonald-video-and-how-city-handled-situation <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/laquan.png" alt="" /><p><p>We hear from a number of people &mdash; including listeners &mdash; in the aftermath of the release of the Chicago police dash-cam video that shows the shooting death last year of teenager Laquan McDonald. He was shot 16 times by former officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged Wednesday with first degree murder by the Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney&rsquo;s office. He turned himself in and is now in jail.</p><p>Guests include:</p><ul><li>WBEZ southside bureau reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Natalie Moore</a></li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/CharleneCac?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Charlene Carruthers</a>, national director for <a href="https://twitter.com/byp_100">Black Youth Project 100</a></li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/may20p?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Page May</a>, organizer with the group <a href="https://twitter.com/ChiCopWatch?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">We Charge Genocide</a></li><li>Joseph Moseley, retired CPD officer with nearly 31 years on the force</li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/rodericktsawyer">Alderman Roderick Sawyer</a> of the 6th Ward, which includes parts of Chatham and Englewood</li><li>Pat Hill, retired CPD officer with 21 years on the force. She now teaches Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University&nbsp;</li><li>Eugene O&rsquo;Donnell, professor of law and policing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former police officer and prosecutor</li><li>William Calloway, protester with Christianaire</li></ul></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/reactions-laquan-mcdonald-video-and-how-city-handled-situation Updates on two police-involved shooting deaths http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-24/updates-two-police-involved-shooting-deaths-113919 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cpd ap web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy is recommending that a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909">police detective be fired</a> for his role in the shooting death of an unarmed black woman in 2012. Dante Servin was off-duty when he shot into a crowd and struck Rekia Boyd.</p><p>In a statement, McCarthy says Servin &ldquo;showed incredibly poor judgment&rdquo; and that &ldquo;his actions tragically resulted in the death of an innocent woman.&rdquo; In April, Servin was acquitted of of involuntary manslaughter charges. Two months ago, the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) recommended that he be fired.</p><p>WBEZ West Side Bureau Reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Chip Mitchell </a>shares more.</p><p>And another police-involved shooting is making headlines. Last week, the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-orders-chicago-police-release-shooting-video-113861">city was ordered to release a police dash cam video</a> of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald&rsquo;s shooting death by a CPD officer. The video reportedly shows the Chicago teen being shot 16 times, including many times while he was laying on the ground, according to lawyers who have seen it. The city has until Wednesday to make the footage public.</p><p>WBEZ South Side Bureau reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Natalie Moore</a> has been following this story and shares the latest information.</p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-24/updates-two-police-involved-shooting-deaths-113919 Prosecutors Ask Chicago Police to Release Video of Shot Teen http://www.wbez.org/news/prosecutors-ask-chicago-police-release-video-shot-teen-113847 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Chicago_police_pan.jpg" style="height: 369px; width: 620px;" title="(Wikimedia Commons)" /></div><p>Illinois&#39; attorney general asked Chicago police on Wednesday to release a video that allegedly shows an officer shooting a black teenager 16 times last year.</p><div><p>The request came a day before a judge was expected to decide whether to order police to release dashboard-camera video of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Police have said McDonald refused to drop a knife when officers confronted him while responding to a call about a man with a knife walking down a street on the city&#39;s southwest side in October 2014.</p><p>Attorney General Lisa Madigan&#39;s office said the police department had &quot;unsubstantiated&quot; claims that releasing the footage to a journalist could hinder an ongoing investigation or deprive anyone of a fair trial. The letter also said police had no legal right to withhold the video because another agency, the Independent Police Review Authority, was conducting the investigation.</p><p>An attorney for McDonald&#39;s family, Jeffrey Neslund, who has seen the video, said the footage shows McDonald was armed with a small knife but walking away from police when an officer opened fire. He noted that McDonald&#39;s mother doesn&#39;t want the video released, because she fears it could spark violence in her Chicago neighborhood similar to the riots that erupted in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after police-involved deaths of black residents.</p><p>The Chicago City Council took the unusual step in April of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-council-approves-5m-settlement-police-shooting-111871" target="_blank">approving a $5 million settlement</a> with McDonald&#39;s family, even though the family hadn&#39;t sued, after being advised to do so by a city attorney who had seen the video.</p><p>An autopsy report showed that McDonald was shot 16 times, including at least twice in his back. The autopsy report also said McDonald had PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, in his system.</p><p>Police have said that the officer who shot McDonald had been stripped of his police powers and assigned to desk duty. Police have released few details about the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation, but the city&#39;s attorney has said that McDonald was walking away from police when he was shot.</p><p>Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi declined comment on Wednesday when asked about Thursday&#39;s trial. He didn&#39;t immediately return phone messages later in the day seeking comment on the attorney general&#39;s letter.</p><p>A Cook County judge is expected to issue a ruling Thursday on a public records request filed by a freelance journalist seeking the video.</p></div><p>&mdash;<em> via The Associated Press</em></p></p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/prosecutors-ask-chicago-police-release-video-shot-teen-113847 CPD holds community meeting for information in Tyshawn Lee shooting death http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/cpd-holds-community-meeting-information-tyshawn-lee-shooting-death <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/tyshawn lee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tyshawn Lee was killed in broad daylight Monday in an alley in Chicago&rsquo;s south side Gresham neighborhood. Residents there are outraged and police are pleading with the community to find out who did it.</p><p>Tuesday night police held an outdoor community meeting to get the word out that it needs help finding the killer.<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/justice-tyshawn-mother-pleads-her-south-side-community-113645" target="_blank"> WBEZ&rsquo;s </a><a href="https://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Michael Puente</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/justice-tyshawn-mother-pleads-her-south-side-community-113645" target="_blank"> was there and shares more details.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/half-black-millennials-know-victim-police-violence-113628" target="_blank">RELATED: Study shows 17.4% of black millennials &#39;very afraid&#39; of victimization from gun violence</a></strong></p></p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/cpd-holds-community-meeting-information-tyshawn-lee-shooting-death IPRA fails to investigate potential CPD criminal activity shown in video http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-22/ipra-fails-investigate-potential-cpd-criminal-activity-shown-video <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CPD video.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two years ago, a Chicago police officer used racial slurs during the arrest of a tanning salon owner. Another officer punched her in the head while she was handcuffed, and it was all caught on video.</p><p>WBEZ reported earlier this month that the city&rsquo;s Independent Police Review Authority is recommending the two officers be <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/three-police-officers-asian-salon-raid-recommended-suspension-112786">suspended</a> for those acts. But what the IPRA review doesn&rsquo;t mention are <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ipra-fails-pursue-potential-crime-cops-caught-video-113018">other potential criminal activities</a> by the police during the incident.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="https://twitter.com/robertwildeboer">Rob Wildeboer</a> has been looking into the issue and joins us with details.</p></p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-22/ipra-fails-investigate-potential-cpd-criminal-activity-shown-video Chicago police host “tweetalong” to show a night on the job http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-21/chicago-police-host-%E2%80%9Ctweetalong%E2%80%9D-show-night-job-112702 <p><p>The Chicago and Baltimore Police Departments teamed up Thursday night and hosted a tweet-along...a virtual ride-along for people to get an inside look into a night on the job for a police officer. Many residents are pushing for Chicago and other departments to be more transparent. But online activists, including the hacking group Anonymous, used the tweetalong as an opportunity to criticize the police. Meanwhile, at last night&rsquo;s Police Board meeting, a group of protesters continued to call for detective Dante Servin to be fired for the shooting death of an unarmed woman, Rekia Boyd. The meeting was shut down, after just 20 minutes. Anthony Guglielmi, communications director for the Chicago Police Department, joins us with more. (Photo: Flickr/Arvell Dorsey Jr.)</p></p> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-21/chicago-police-host-%E2%80%9Ctweetalong%E2%80%9D-show-night-job-112702 Deal allows independent stop-and-frisk evaluations of CPD http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-07/deal-allows-independent-stop-and-frisk-evaluations-cpd-112592 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/stopandfrisk FlickrMichael Gil.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Under Chicago law, police can pat down &mdash; or frisk &mdash; anyone they stop on the street. But according to the American Civil Liberties Union, most of those stopped and frisked have been African American males...and that looks a lot like racial profiling.</p><p>The Chicago Police Department has said it does not allow racial profiling. Nonetheless, the CPD has agreed to make changes to its policy after an ACLU investigation raised questions about the legality of certain police stops. As part of an agreement announced Friday morning between the ACLU and the police department, there will be an independent evaluation of CPD&rsquo;s practices and procedures. There will also be more transparency and public disclosure when it comes to police stops, as well as additional training for officers.</p><p>We speak with Harvey Grossman, legal director for the ACLU&rsquo;s chapter here in Illinois, about the deal, and why it was needed in the first place.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-07/deal-allows-independent-stop-and-frisk-evaluations-cpd-112592 Morning Shift: Interviews for Burge reparations underway http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-30/morning-shift-interviews-burge-reparations-underway-112285 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/burge.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212655719&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">We may never know exactly how many people were tortured on the watch of former Chicago Police Department commander Jon Burge and his deputies. But two legal minds have been trying to make an honest accounting of what happened and to whom. Daniel Coyne is a clinical professor at IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law. When Chicago&rsquo;s City Council voted in April to authorize a historic $5.5 million reparations package for Burge victims, Coyne was tapped to figure out who is eligible for compensation. He&rsquo;s already reviewed a couple dozen applications. And David Yellen is the dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Since March 2014, he&rsquo;s been the court-appointed special master in charge of reviewing possible Burge torture victims who are still in prison. We talk to them both.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/faculty/full-time-faculty/daniel-t-coyne">Daniel Coyne</a> is clinical professor at IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><a href="http://www.luc.edu/law/faculty/yellen.shtml">David Yellen</a> is Dean of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law</p></p> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-30/morning-shift-interviews-burge-reparations-underway-112285 Former detainees file lawsuit over Homan Square police practices http://www.wbez.org/news/former-detainees-file-lawsuit-over-homan-square-police-practices-111745 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/homan square.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>John Vergara said in 2011 masked police suddenly rushed the Humboldt Park restaurant where he&rsquo;d stopped in for coffee. He and a few other men were cuffed and taken to Homan Square on the city&rsquo;s West Side.</p><p>&ldquo;They insisted we knew something, but they just kept us there for hours, chained to the wall, to each other and to the wall. I still don&rsquo;t even know what I was there for,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>At the time, Vergara didn&rsquo;t know the other men with him in custody. He said police refused requests for legal counsel, bathroom facilities and food. He said the cops tried to coerce the men into false confession.</p><p>Eventually, one man in the group was officially arrested. Vergara said the situation changed when he mentioned attorney Blake Horwitz.</p><p>&ldquo;The whole demeanor of the police officers started to change. They started being a little more polite, and a little more scared about knowing that I knew Blake,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Vergara said he and the other men were eventually able to leave, but not before the police threatened them if they didn&rsquo;t keep quiet.</p><p>Vergara and two other men, Carlos Ruiz and Jose Garcia, came forward after a recent article in the <em><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site">The Guardian</a></em> questioning police actions at Homan Square. On behalf of these men, attorney Blake Horwitz filed a lawsuit against four police officers and the City of Chicago.</p><p>Horwitz said these practices could happen anywhere, but said there&rsquo;s something particular about Homan Square, where people are taken off the grid.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a pattern that people experience where they&rsquo;re there for long periods of time and they&rsquo;re not given a right to an attorney,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Horwitz said it&rsquo;s not a matter of shutting down the facility, but that police practices need to change.</p><p>A statement from the Chicago Police Department said it abides by all laws and guidelines related to interviews of suspects and witnesses at Homan Square and any other CPD facility.</p><p>The city&rsquo;s law department said it&rsquo;s reviewing the lawsuit and intends to &ldquo;vigorously defend against it.&rdquo;</p><p>The department notes police recovered 180 grams of cocaine, along with cash, during the incident. It said the case should be dismissed on legal grounds.</p><p><em>Susie An is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/soosieon">@soosieon</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/former-detainees-file-lawsuit-over-homan-square-police-practices-111745