You can now search police complaints in Chicago

You can now search police complaints in Chicago
You can now search police complaints in Chicago

You can now search police complaints in Chicago

Anyone can file a complaint against a police officer in Chicago, but what happens to that allegation once it’s in the department’s hands? How often is the officer reprimanded or suspended? And is justice being served? A new first-of-its-kind database called Citizens Police Data Project seeks to help answer those questions and hold CPD officers accountable for the way they interact with Chicagoans. And the two men behind it say it will be a useful for everyone from civil rights lawyers and journalists to members of the public interested in police accountability. Craig Futterman, law professor and founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project at the University of Chicago, and Jamie Kalven, an investigative journalist and writer with the Invisible Institute, talk about the project.