You know all those FOIA Request letters McCompStat has been e-mailing everyone lately? The ones that say even in the face of Contractual agreements and legal retention schedules, the Department is providing reporters and others with years worth of CR investigations? Here's why:
- The Law School’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic next week will launch an interactive online database that, for the first time, will give the public access to tens of thousands of Chicago police misconduct complaints, a release possible because of a precedent-setting clinic victory that opened up police misconduct records throughout Illinois.
“This is historic: nothing like this exists or has existed before,” said Craig Futterman, Director of the Police Accountability Clinic. “The whole nation is saying we need this kind of data, and the Law School is helping make it available.”
The Chicago Police Database, named the Citizens Police Data Project, which goes live on November 10, was created as part of a joint project with the Invisible Institute, a journalistic production company. It includes 54,581 complaints filed against 8,337 officers, including every allegation of police misconduct within the Chicago Police Department filed between March 2011 and March 2015. In addition, the database contains records on officers who were repeatedly accused of abuse between 2000 and 2008. Eventually, Futterman hopes the database will include the complete list of abuse allegations against Chicago officers going back to 1967. The full dataset, which is more than 7,000 pages, is the subject of ongoing litigation between the City of Chicago and the police union, which is seeking to block the release.
Closed files, exonerated cases, blanket complaints where no accuser was located and in many cases, no accused was identified. In other words, shitloads of Not Sustained cases, compiled in one place to provide media and plaintiff lawyers with a club to beat the Department.
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