WBEZ | Terry Hillard http://www.wbez.org/tags/terry-hillard Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Advocates want more accountability from Independent Police Review Authority http://www.wbez.org/news/advocates-want-more-accountability-independent-police-review-authority-108644 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/isadora_ruyter_harcourt_flickr_police.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.iprachicago.org/">The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA)</a> is suppose to provide oversight of the police, but a group of advocates say IPRA itself needs oversight.</p><p>The Leaders Network, a group of prominent clergy, say IPRA doesn&rsquo;t hold the police accountable, citing a Chicago Reporter study that found IPRA only sustained <a href="http://www.chicagoreporter.com/news/2012/05/abusing-badge">1% of complaints</a>.</p><p>Ashunda Harris says her family&#39;s case is an example of what can go wrong. Her nephew, Aaron Harrison was killed in 2007 by Chicago police. IPRA found the shooting was justified, but last month a jury disagreed and <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=9209133">awarded the family $8.5 million.</a></p><p>The director&rsquo;s position at IPRA is currently vacant and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2013/august_2013/mayor_emanuel_namescommitteetoselectnewiprachief.html">assembled a committee </a>to appoint the next director. The committee includes the activist pastor <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Pfleger">Michael Pfleger </a>and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillard_Heintze">Terry G. Hillard</a>, former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. The advocates say the want the mayor to promise that the person he appoints will have backing from community leaders. Advocates also want &nbsp;an independent civilian group to hold that director accountable by reviewing and critiquing IPRA&rsquo;s annual report.</p><p>The Leadership Network&rsquo;s Marshall Hatch says having good police oversight is an important part of fighting crime, &ldquo;As a person who pastors in West Garfield Park and lives in Austin, we want people to believe in the police. We want the police and people to work together to solve crime. But you can&rsquo;t do that until people have confidence in the police department.&rdquo;</p><p>The Mayor&rsquo;s office was unable to provide comment in time for this story.</p><p>Shannon Heffernan is a reporter for WBEZ follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/shannon_h">@shannon_h</a></p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/advocates-want-more-accountability-independent-police-review-authority-108644 After bringing youth to gang’s turf, cops won’t face charges http://www.wbez.org/story/after-bringing-youth-gang%E2%80%99s-turf-cops-won%E2%80%99t-face-charges-89546 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-24/witness_photo1-scaled.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says two Chicago cops accused of unprofessional conduct will not face local charges. The office says it examined an incident involving a video that shows people on a Northwest Side street taunting a young man in the cops’ backseat.</p><p>The officers picked up the youth March 19 on a Logan Square block where a decades-old gang operates. They drove him in their marked police SUV to the turf of a rival gang.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-22/video-questionable-police-tactics-caught-tape-84086">90-second video</a> shot there shows the officers outside the SUV with a backdoor open as onlookers insult the young man inside and flash gang signs. After WBEZ spotted the video, the police department put the officers on desk duty and began an Internal Affairs investigation. At a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/chicago-police-superintendent-conduct-video-not-professional-84290">news conference</a>, interim police Supt. Terry Hillard said “scared straight” tactics were always inappropriate.</p><p>The department also asked State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/arthur-loevy/prosecutors-look-officers-shown-video-84899">review the case</a>. Now Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly says the office conducted the review but “was unable to develop sufficient evidence that would rise to the level of criminal charges.”</p><p>Police spokeswoman Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti says her department’s internal investigation is still pending. The two officers remain on desk duty.</p><p>Attorneys at the Chicago firm Loevy &amp; Loevy say they are preparing a civil suit for the young man, whom they have not named.</p><p>The officers have not spoken about the incident publicly but some <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/caps/police-video-cops%E2%80%99-supporter-speaks-out-84627">homeowners in the neighborhood</a> have rallied behind them. WBEZ is not naming the cops at this time.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/after-bringing-youth-gang%E2%80%99s-turf-cops-won%E2%80%99t-face-charges-89546 Prosecutors to look at officers shown on video http://www.wbez.org/story/arthur-loevy/prosecutors-look-officers-shown-video-84899 <p><p>The Chicago Police Department is asking prosecutors to see if two officers <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-22/video-questionable-police-tactics-caught-tape-84086">shown in a video</a> on the city’s Northwest Side ought to face criminal charges.<br> <br> The video, shot March 19 in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, shows the officers outside a marked police SUV with a backdoor open as onlookers flash gang signs and taunt a young man inside. After WBEZ spotted the recording, the police department stripped the officers of their police powers and put them on desk duty. The department’s Internal Affairs Division began an investigation.<br> <br> Now the department has referred the case to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, according to office spokeswoman Sally Daly, who declined to comment further.<br> <br> “It’s a rare occurrence when Internal Affairs actually refers a case for potential criminal prosecution,” says Craig Futterman, a clinical law professor at the University of Chicago.<br> <br> Chicago attorney Arthur Loevy this week <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/arthur-loevy/youth%E2%80%99s-family-hires-lawyer-after-video-cops-surfaces-84740">said he represents</a> the young man shown in the video. Loevy said the youth is a minor and that the two officers put him into the SUV against his will.<br> <br> WBEZ is not naming the officers at this time.<br> <br> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/caps/police-video-cops%E2%80%99-supporter-speaks-out-84627">Some neighborhood residents</a>, meanwhile, are circulating a petition that asks the police department to return the officers to beat duty.</p></p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/arthur-loevy/prosecutors-look-officers-shown-video-84899 Allegations of misconduct trouble Chicago Police Department http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-05/allegations-misconduct-trouble-chicago-police-department-84760 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-05/CPD Flickr Thomas Hawk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police interim Superintendant Terry Hillard has had a rough few weeks. He’s had to deal with at least two public cases of police misconduct. The first was broken by WBEZ, after uncovering a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-22/video-questionable-police-tactics-caught-tape-84086" target="_blank">video</a> which appears to show police allowing the intimidation of a young man in their custody. Then came allegations of sexual assault--two officers are being investigated for the sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman on the far North Side.</p><p>To find out what these cases mean for the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cpd.html" target="_blank">Chicago Police Department</a>, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a> crime reporter Frank Main.</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-05/allegations-misconduct-trouble-chicago-police-department-84760 Youth’s family hires lawyer after video with cops surfaces http://www.wbez.org/story/arthur-loevy/youth%E2%80%99s-family-hires-lawyer-after-video-cops-surfaces-84740 <p><p>A veteran Chicago attorney says he is representing a young man <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-22/video-questionable-police-tactics-caught-tape-84086">shown on video</a> in the backseat of a Chicago police SUV.<br> <br> The video, shot March 19, shows a backdoor of the SUV open as onlookers flash gang signs and taunt the young man. The officers are outside the vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe with police markings, and appear to be standing by.<br> <br> <a href="http://www.loevy.com/Attorneys/Arthur-Loevy.shtml">Attorney Arthur Loevy</a> says the young man is a minor whom the officers loaded into the SUV against his will before driving him to the Humboldt Park block where a bystander shot the 90-second video.<br> <br> Residents of that block say the house closest to the SUV is a base of a street gang that operates in the neighborhood. They say the officers drove away with the young man after about five minutes.<br> <br> Loevy says the officers then dropped the youth off nearby and did not charge him. The attorney says the young man made it home OK but is moving out of Chicago for his own safety.<br> <br> After WBEZ spotted the video, the police department said it put the officers on desk duty and began an internal investigation. Interim police Supt. Terry Hillard said tactics to scare kids straight are <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/chicago-police-superintendent-conduct-video-not-professional-84290">always inappropriate</a>.<br> <br> WBEZ is not naming the officers at this time.<br> <br> Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/caps/police-video-cops%E2%80%99-supporter-speaks-out-84627">neighbors involved with CAPS</a>, the city’s community-policing program, want the department to return the officers to beat duty.</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 09:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/arthur-loevy/youth%E2%80%99s-family-hires-lawyer-after-video-cops-surfaces-84740 Police video: Cops’ supporter speaks out http://www.wbez.org/story/caps/police-video-cops%E2%80%99-supporter-speaks-out-84627 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/Eric_Hudson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Here’s a follow-up on a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-22/video-questionable-police-tactics-caught-tape-84086">video</a> WBEZ has been reporting about. That video, shot March 19, shows a young man in the backseat of a Chicago police SUV. A back door is open and he’s getting taunted by onlookers who flash gang signs — while two officers seem to stand by. The police department has assigned those officers to desk duty and started an internal investigation. WBEZ is not naming them at this time. Some Northwest Side residents, meanwhile, are petitioning the department to put those two cops back on their beat. WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell connected with Eric Hudson, a resident behind that effort. They spoke near Hudson’s home, just blocks from where the video was shot. Hudson has worked with the two officers to root out gangs from his own corner. As he explains in this six-minute interview (below), he has also worked to hold police accountable for abuses.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483429-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-april/2011-04-01/video2110401cm.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 20:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/caps/police-video-cops%E2%80%99-supporter-speaks-out-84627 Neighborhood residents defend Chicago cops shown on video http://www.wbez.org/story/caps/neighborhood-residents-defend-chicago-cops-shown-video-84518 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-31/ChiPolice-AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two Chicago cops <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-22/video-questionable-police-tactics-caught-tape-84086">shown on video</a> with a young man in the backseat of their SUV are getting support from some Northwest Side residents.<br> <br> In the video, recorded March 19 in Humboldt Park, the officers appear to be standing by as onlookers flash gang symbols and taunt the young man. After WBEZ spotted the video, the police department put the officers on desk duty and began an internal investigation. On Friday, interim police Supt. Terry Hillard called the incident “not professional.”<br> <br> The neighborhood residents say they’re drafting a petition to Hillard that praises the officers. They’re also organizing calls and messages to Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward) and Linda Flores, commander of the police department’s Shakespeare District.<br> <br> “I would never do this for any cops but these two,” said Eric Hudson, who knows the officers through CAPS, the city’s community-policing program. “These aren’t John Wayne Robocops out here. Their actions empower us to become more vocal and take back our corners.”<br> <br> Witnesses say the incident lasted about five minutes before the officers drove the young man away.</p><p><strong>Hear our interview with Eric Hudson at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/caps/police-video-cops%E2%80%99-supporter-speaks-out-84627">Police video: Cops’ supporter speaks out</a>.</strong></p></p> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/caps/neighborhood-residents-defend-chicago-cops-shown-video-84518 Hillard telling hundreds more police officers to wear uniform http://www.wbez.org/story/cdata/hillard-telling-hundreds-more-police-officers-wear-uniform-84301 <p><p>The Chicago police has moved 70 officers to patrol duty who were on special assignments, and the department said Friday it will tell 400 others to start wearing the uniform and help respond to calls.</p><p>Interim Superintendent Terry Hillard said he wants more officers in uniform to boost police visibility as the weather warms and crime tends to spike.<br /><br />&quot;Making a street stop, going in on an armed robbery, going in on a criminal sexual assault - there's nothing wrong with wearing a Chicago Police Department uniform,&quot; Hillard told reporters. &quot;And just because you're in a suit and tie, or you're in blue jeans, Dockers or doggone 511, boots and pants, it doesn't mean you can't do work out there in a uniform.&quot;<br /><br />Hillard said the officers will be assigned &quot;where they're needed.&quot;<br /><br />This is Hillard's second run as police superintendent. He accepted the job a few weeks ago on an interim basis, until a new superintendent can be installed by Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel.</p><p>&quot;I'm more than certain [Mayor Richard Daley] didn't put me in this position to come over and get paid for 10 weeks to just sit up there and not do anything,&quot; Hillard said in explaining the personnel moves. &quot;The police department still has to run. We still have issues and concerns and crises that happen everyday and you have to address them.&quot;</p></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 22:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cdata/hillard-telling-hundreds-more-police-officers-wear-uniform-84301 Chicago police chief: Conduct in video ‘not professional’ http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/chicago-police-superintendent-conduct-video-not-professional-84290 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/police.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The head of the Chicago police said Friday that it is always inappropriate for officers to use &quot;scared straight&quot; tactics. This came after <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-22/video-questionable-police-tactics-caught-tape-84086">WBEZ obtained a video</a> that shows officers allowing bystanders to taunt a young man sitting in their vehicle.</p><p>Interim Supt.Terry Hillard said that the officers shown in the video have been put on desk duty and that an internal investigation is proceeding as fast as possible.</p><p>Hillard, who returned from retirement this month, called the incident in the Humboldt Park neighborhood &quot;not professional.&quot;</p><p>&quot;It's not what I remember &mdash; my first time around or this time around &mdash; what the Chicago Police Department stands for,&quot; Hillard told reporters.<br /><br />The head of internal affairs, Juan Rivera, said he is not sure yet if the young man shown on the video was under arrest at the time. Rivera said the police who appear in the video are &quot;veteran officers.&quot; <br /><br />Hillard said, in general, if officers make an unintentional mistake, it is the department's job to help them improve their performance. But he added, &quot;If they get out there and do inappropriate or unprofessional [things], going against our general orders, or [do] things that we perceive as being unprofessional, inappropriate, we're going to go after them. Simple as that.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, residents of the block who saw the incident said it occurred this past Saturday, March 19. They told WBEZ that two officers arrived on the block with the young man in a police SUV and that no other officers or police vehicles were present. After about 5 minutes, the residents said, the officers drove the young man away. About 10 minutes later, according to witnesses, the officers returned without the young man and spoke again with some of the onlookers. The witnesses asked to remain unidentified.</p><p>Police sources have told WBEZ that the two cops were patrol officers assigned to the department&rsquo;s Shakespeare District.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/chicago-police-superintendent-conduct-video-not-professional-84290 What Jody Weis' departure means for Chicago Police Department http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/what-jody-weis-departure-means-chicago-police-department-83242 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/weis getty Tasos Katopodis_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>News that <a target="_blank" href="https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath">Chicago Police Superintendent</a> Jody Weis has resigned came as a surprise to many. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel made it a campaign promise to replace Weis. But most thought Weis would stay in place through May, when Mayor Daley steps down. During his three years holding the post, the Superintendent generated both controversy and acclaim. Stepping in to replace Weis short-term is former top cop Terry Hilliard. A new superintendent will be appointed by Emanuel. So, what&rsquo;s in store for the CPD? Who might next lead the department? And how will Weis&rsquo; tenure be remembered?<br /><br />To help shed light on those questions and more, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Frank Main, crime reporter for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a>.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/what-jody-weis-departure-means-chicago-police-department-83242