What’s Wrong with CNN Characterizing Baltimore Uprising as ‘Unrest’ Fueled by ‘Professional Protesters’

By: Tuesday May 5, 2015 7:31 pm

CNN aired a segment broadly characterizing people demonstrating in Baltimore against police violence as “professional protesters,” a term often used by police and right wing media outlets like Fox News and Breitbart. It essentially is another way of labeling and marginalizing demonstrators as outside agitators, people there to take advantage of a situation by creating [...]

Baltimore’s Refusal to Permit Legal Observers to Witness Police Enforcing Curfew Resulted in Mass Arrest

By: Monday May 4, 2015 12:24 pm

At least ten legal observers with the National Lawyers Guild were arrested on Saturday night and effectively blocked by police and the city of Baltimore from witnessing the enforcement of a curfew. The observers were released throughout the day on Sunday. The arrests were a result of police refusing to recognize the observer status of legal [...]

Chicago Police Swarm DePaul Law School During Event on Acquitted Chicago Officer Who Killed Rekia Boyd

By: Thursday April 30, 2015 4:16 pm

CPD worried about a legal teach-in for Rekia Boyd. #RekiaTeach pic.twitter.com/JZAbthfh2i — Manpreet Kaur (@mteji09) April 30, 2015 Dozens of Chicago police swarmed an evening event at DePaul Law University on the case of Chicago officer Dante Servin, who killed Rekia Boyd and was recently acquitted during a trial this month. Attendees were outraged by [...]

Six African American Men Subjected to Stop and Frisks Pursue Class Action Lawsuit Against Chicago Police

By: Wednesday April 22, 2015 2:11 pm

Chicago has a bigger problem with stop and frisks by police than New York had at the height of its use by New York police, and now six African American black men are suing the city of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy and officers, who were involved in allegedly stopping and [...]

No Justice for Rekia Boyd as Chicago Police Officer Who Killed Her is Found ‘Not Guilty’ by Judge

By: Monday April 20, 2015 4:55 pm

The family of twenty-two year-old Rekia Boyd, who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, was awarded $4.5 million in a wrongful death settlement in 2013. Yet, just over two years later, the officer who fired the shot that hit Boyd in her head has been found “not guilty” by a judge of [...]

Victory for Movement: Chicago Agrees to Reparations for Police Torture Survivors

By: Tuesday April 14, 2015 5:22 pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his administration and lawyers and police torture survivors announced at a city council finance committee hearing that they had agreed upon a package for reparations. The package includes $5.5 million for survivors, public acknowledgment of torture and other non-financial benefits that will help families of survivors heal. From 1972 to 1991, [...]

Attorneys, People Detained by Chicago Police Demand End to Systematic Violations of Right to Access Lawyer

By: Tuesday March 31, 2015 9:15 pm

A leading pro-bono legal defense organization in Chicago has been negotiating with the Chicago Police Department and city of Chicago for months in order to convince officials to enforce resident’s right to attorney when they are arrested by police. Yet, despite the fact that negotiations have been ongoing since last July and there have been [...]

Journalists Arrested While Covering Ferguson Protests Sue St. Louis County Police for Rights Violations

By: Monday March 30, 2015 4:51 pm

Journalists arrested while covering ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer have sued the St. Louis County police. The lawsuit alleges [PDF] that at least twenty officers, whose identities remain unknown, engaged in “unlawful conduct” that “was undertaken with the intention of obstructing, chilling, deterring, and retaliating against [...]

Chicago Has a Bigger Problem with Stop-and-Frisks by Police Than New York Had

By: Monday March 23, 2015 3:12 pm

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois suggests Chicago has a much greater problem with stop-and-frisks by police than New York in 2011, which is considered the “height of the practice” and two years before a court ruled the New York Police Department’s policy violated Fourth Amendment rights. A “sample of 250 [...]

Rahm Emanuel Fails to Show Up for Meeting with Families of Victims Killed by Chicago Police

By: Tuesday March 17, 2015 10:07 am

Over a week ago, on March 5, families of loved ones killed by Chicago police officers held a press conference and demanded a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. They requested that he address the issue of police violence. His office scheduled a meeting for March 16 in the early afternoon. However, when multiple families impacted [...]

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