WBEZ spoke with eight officers who complained about a lack of planning for protests, and what they see as overly harsh discipline afterward.
Video at Congressman Bobby Rush’s offices shows cops sleeping, snacking and drinking coffee while nearby businesses were pillaged.
The national convulsions over racial injustice and policing have spawned calls for a variety of changes in Chicago.
The Chicago police officer who was caught on camera giving protesters the middle finger last week has been stripped of his police powers and reassigned to administrative duties.
All around downtown Chicago this morning, there were signs that things are starting to return to normal after a week of civil unrest.
At a Friday court hearing, an attorney for the state of Illinois blasted the city and Mayor Lightfoot for “foot dragging” on police reform.
The independent monitor overseeing Chicago’s police reform progress announced she is launching an investigation into how the city and the Chicago Police Department responded to protests and civil unrest over the last week.
A federal court hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday to discuss calls by activists for an investigation into police actions during the recent unrest.
The request is part of the consent decree legal process, which advocates say “entirely failed” to protect Chicagoans from police brutality.
Chicago police are on pace for the most arrests in a single week since the city’s inspector general started tracking arrest data in 2017.