Deal allows independent stop-and-frisk evaluations of CPD

Deal allows independent stop-and-frisk evaluations of CPD
Deal allows independent stop-and-frisk evaluations of CPD

Deal allows independent stop-and-frisk evaluations of CPD

Under Chicago law, police can pat down — or frisk — 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. 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 this morning between the ACLU and the police department, there will be an independent evaluation of CPD’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. We speak with Harvey Grossman, legal director for the ACLU’s chapter here in Illinois, about the deal, and why it was needed in the first place. (Flickr/Michael Gil)