FOP Sues Over CR List
- The union representing Chicago’s rank-and-file police officers has filed an injunction against the city and police department, asking a judge to halt the city from turning over records of police misconduct to the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune until the records can be reviewed.
The motion for injunctive relief was filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.
On Thursday, the city notified the Fraternal Order of Police that lists “‘containing information related to complaints lodged against officers’ covering the time period between January 1, 1967 to the present” would be released to reporters from the two newspapers on Oct. 31, according to the filing.
However, the union argues that the most recent collective bargaining agreement precludes the city from turning over any such records because they should have been destroyed after no more than seven years.
This should have been on the radar months ago when these lists began to be released. Not Sustained, Unfounded and Exonerated should be or should have been wiped clean years ago. We can understand Sustained cases being contained in personnel files - those cover our entire careers. Once your career is over, there ought to be a sunset provision for destroying even the Sustained cases. And when you pass on to your heavenly reward (or eternal damnation), the files ought to be deleted, too.