organization:chicago police

  • 3 Officers Acquitted of Covering Up for Colleague in Laquan McDonald Killing - The New York Times

    CHICAGO — Three Chicago police officers were acquitted on Thursday of charges that they had conspired and lied to protect a white police officer who fired 16 deadly shots into a black teenager, a contentious verdict in a case over what many viewed as a “code of silence” in the Police Department.

    The judgment, rendered in a tense, cramped courtroom overflowing with spectators, was delivered by a judge and not a jury. Speaking from the bench for close to an hour, Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson rejected the prosecutors’ arguments that the officers had shooed away witnesses and then created a narrative to justify the 2014 shooting, which prompted citywide protests, the firing of the police chief and a wide-ranging federal investigation into the police force.

    The ruling came more than three months after Officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted in October of the second-degree murder of Laquan McDonald, and on the afternoon before he was scheduled to be sentenced for a killing that was captured on an infamous police dashboard camera video.

    The three police officers — David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney — contradicted what the video showed. In it, Mr. Van Dyke fires repeatedly at Laquan, who is wielding a knife, as he moves slightly away from the officers and even as he lies crumpled on the ground. Prosecutors cited that footage repeatedly as they built a case against the officers, who are white, on charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.

    Et cette merveilleuse pénétration des « faits alternatifs » dans le domaine de la preuve juridique :

    Judge Stephenson said that even though the officers’ accounts of the shooting differed from the video, that did not amount to proof that they were lying. “Two people with two different vantage points can witness the same event,” she said, and still describe it differently.

    La mafia (FOP ?) attend le jugement d’une complice dans l’appareil (ou de quelqu’un tenu) :

    It was “undisputed and undeniable,” Judge Stephenson said, that Laquan had ignored officers’ commands to drop his knife. While she spoke, the three officers sat silently, sometimes staring down at the carpet or nervously jiggling a leg. After she read the verdict, several people broke into applause.

    On croit rêver !!! Police partout, justice nulle part. Des applaudissements dans un tribunal !. La mafia...

    “There was clearly evidence from the video that Laquan McDonald was not attacking or seeking to attack any of the law enforcement officers,” Mr. Finney said. “How could they all three make up a story indicating that Laquan was threatening their lives?”

    Si cela ne vous rappelle pas les excuses de ce policier de Toulon qui vient d’être décoré de la légion d’honneur, et l’attitude du procureur en France, c’est que vous passez à côté d’un phénomène majeur : l’autonomisation de la police dans le monde entier, avec l’Amérique et son soft power (livres, films,...) comme modèle.

    There were no protests after the verdicts were read, and William Calloway, a prominent Chicago activist who is running for City Council, urged Chicagoans to refrain. “To the black community, I know this hurts,” he said on Twitter. “We know this was a cover-up. I’m not saying take to the streets anymore. It’s time for us to take to the polls.”

    “That blue code of silence is just not with the Chicago Police Department: It expands to the judicial system,” Mr. Calloway said at a news conference.

    On Friday morning, the courts are scheduled for the final chapter in the Laquan case — a killing that came amid national protests and a spate of police shootings of black people. A Facebook group implored a “call to action”: “In room 500 at 9 a.m., show up to stand in solidarity with organizers and the family of Laquan McDonald as we demand, again, #Justice4Laquan.”

    #faits_alternatifs #Police #Justice

  • Invisible Institute Relaunches the Citizens Police Data Project

    The long effort by the Invisible Institute to gain access to internal police files is an important chapter in the struggle for civil rights in Chicago. Today the Invisible Institute, in collaboration with The Intercept, releases the Citizens Police Data Project 2.0, a public database containing the disciplinary histories of Chicago police officers. The scale of CPDP is without parallel : It includes more than 240,000 allegations of misconduct involving more than 22,000 Chicago police (...)

    #police #surveillance #discrimination

  • Memorial Day, 1937

    Few people think of unions or the plight of the working class when they think of Memorial Day. But they should. On that day, eighty years ago, one of the most important events in American history unfolded, an event that transformed the course of labor rights in this country.

    In 1937, most of the country celebrated Memorial Day on May 30, which was a Sunday. In Chicago, the holiday could not have been better accommodated by the bright and warm weather. This made the city’s southernmost reaches an incongruous backdrop to the killing that day of ten unarmed men by the Chicago Police.

    This incident, known as the “Memorial Day Massacre,” is what makes this holiday so essential to American history.

  • Our enemies in BLUE
    Police and power in AMERICA
    Kristian WILLIAMS

    may see our deepest fault lines, our cracks and fissures.
    We’ve the land­ scaped visage of a war zone. State violence can disfigure the countenance of a democracy
    desta­bilize its bearing, its moral standing and mental
    The most visceral and physical manifestation of state violence is police or military violence. With the current
    foreign wars and occupations-as with most American
    wars and occupations largely fueled by racially-driven
    terrors­technologies of repression and force migrate back home.
    Ironically, tragi­cally, or just stupidly, we rarely recognize
    and acknowledge that armed police are both the antecedents and harbingers of war in the American

    All the Ways You Can Be Killed During An Encounter with Police : Information Clearing House - ICH

    Killed for standing in a “shooting stance.” In California, police opened fire on and killed a mentally challenged—unarmed—black man within minutes of arriving on the scene, allegedly because he removed a vape smoking device from his pocket and took a “shooting stance.”

    Killed for holding a cell phone. Police in Arizona shot a man who was running away from U.S. Marshals after he refused to drop an object that turned out to be a cellphone.

    Killed for behaving oddly and holding a baseball bat. Responding to a domestic disturbance call, Chicago police shot and killed 19-year-old college student Quintonio LeGrier who had reportedly been experiencing mental health problems and was carrying a baseball bat around the apartment where he and his father lived.

    Killed for opening the front door. Bettie Jones, who lived on the floor below LeGrier, was also fatally shot—this time, accidentally—when she attempted to open the front door for police.

    Killed for being a child in a car pursued by police. Jeremy David Mardis, six years old and autistic, died after being shot multiple times by Louisiana police in the head and torso. Police opened fire on the car—driven by Jeremy’s father, Chris Few, who was also shot—and then allegedly lied, claiming that they were attempting to deliver an outstanding warrant, that Few resisted arrest, that he shot at police (no gun was found), and that he tried to ram his car into a police cruiser. Body camera footage refuted the police’s claims.

    Killed for attacking police with a metal spoon. In Alabama, police shot and killed a 50-year-old man who reportedly charged a police officer while holding “a large metal spoon in a threatening manner.”

    Killed for running in an aggressive manner holding a tree branch. Georgia police shot and killed a 47-year-old man wearing only shorts and tennis shoes who, when first encountered, was sitting in the woods against a tree, only to start running towards police holding a stick in an “aggressive manner.”

    Killed for crawling around naked. Atlanta police shot and killed an unarmed man who was reported to have been “acting deranged, knocking on doors, crawling around on the ground naked.” Police fired two shots at the man after he reportedly starting running towards them.

  • Chicago Police Kill Teen — Then Charge His Best Friend for the Murder

    In a detailed investigation, the Reader reports that Louis was able to be charged with his friend’s murder under Illinois’ controversial “felony murder rule” statute that states a person can, through a chain of events surrounding the commission of a felony, be responsible for the circumstances that lead to the death of another person, even if the person involved didn’t actually carry out murder.

    Alarmingly, Louis’ case is just one of many charged under the felony murder rule, according to the Reader. Since 2011, Chicago police have successfully charged at least ten defendants for murder, despite the police officer on the scene actually doing the killing. In Louis’ case, hes not only serving a 32-year prison sentence for armed robbery, but an additional 20-year sentence for Sampson’s murder. Louis is currently appealing the murder conviction.

  • Predictive policing predicts police harassment, not crime / Boing Boing

    In Chicago, the “Heat List” system is used to direct policing resources, based on data-mining of social media to identify potential gang-members; the model tells the cops where to go and who to arrest, and is supposed to reduce both violent crime and the likelihood that suspects themselves will be killed — but peer-reviewed analysis (Scihub mirror) of the program shows that while being on the Heat List increases your chances of being harassed and arrested by Chicago PD, it does not improve crime rates.

    • In the paper, published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Rand Corporation researchers conclude that “once other demographics, criminal history variables, and social network risk have been controlled for using propensity score weighting and doubly-robust regression modeling, being on the SSL did not significantly reduce the likelihood of being a murder or shooting victim, or being arrested for murder” but “individuals on the list were people more likely to be arrested for a shooting regardless of the increased contact.

      In other words, predictive policing predicts the police, not the crime. Moreover, as is so often the case, racist training data produces racist predictive models, which allow racist institutions to claim to be undertaking objective and neutral measures while continuing to be totally racist.

    • L’étude en question est accessible ici

      Predictions put into practice : a quasi-experimental evaluation of Chicago’s predictive policing pilot
      et son résumé

      Objectives In 2013, the Chicago Police Department conducted a pilot of a predictive policing program designed to reduce gun violence. The program included development of a Strategic Subjects List (SSL) of people estimated to be at highest risk of gun violence who were then referred to local police commanders for a preventive intervention. The purpose of this study is to identify the impact of the pilot on individual- and city-level gun violence, and to test possible drivers of results.

      Methods The SSL consisted of 426 people estimated to be at highest risk of gun violence. We used ARIMA models to estimate impacts on city-level homicide trends, and propensity score matching to estimate the effects of being placed on the list on five measures related to gun violence. A mediation analysis and interviews with police leadership and COMPSTAT meeting observations help understand what is driving results.

      Results Individuals on the SSL are not more or less likely to become a victim of a homicide or shooting than the comparison group, and this is further supported by citylevel analysis. The treated group is more likely to be arrested for a shooting.

      Conclusions It is not clear how the predictions should be used in the field. One potential reason why being placed on the list resulted in an increased chance of being arrested for a shooting is that some officers may have used the list as leads to closing shooting cases. The results provide for a discussion about the future of individual-based predictive policing programs.

      Pfff ! ça fait du bien de voir ce genre d’évidences écrites dans une revue scientifique peer reviewed

  • Records show “intentional destruction” of dashcams by Chicago cops - World Socialist Web Site

    In the latest example of criminal police conduct within the Chicago Police Department, records examined by DNAinfo show that the widespread lack of audio on police dashboard cameras is due to an intentional campaign of tampering.

    This adds a further dimension of cover-up to recent cases of police violence in the city which have sparked ongoing protests. In the case of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a CPD officer in 2014, only two of the five vehicles at the scene had working dashcams, and no vehicle had working audio.

    #police #meurtre #états-unis #violence #vidéo #caméras #surveillance #contrôle #preuves

  • Chicago Police Hid Mics, Destroyed Dashcams To Block Audio, Records Show

    Why are so many police dashcam videos silent?

    Chicago Police Department officers stashed microphones in their squad car glove boxes. They pulled out batteries. Microphone antennas got busted or went missing. And sometimes, dashcam systems didn’t have any microphones at all, DNAinfo Chicago has learned.
    #police #police_watch #usa

  • Video shows another unarmed youth killed by Chicago police - World Socialist Web Site

    Video shows another unarmed youth killed by Chicago police
    By George Gallanis
    16 January 2016

    On Thursday, a Chicago judge released video of the deadly 2013 shooting of 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman by Chicago police. The video was concealed by the Chicago Police Department for three years, and an investigator was fired for opposing police claims that the killing was justified.

    #états-unis #Police #violence #meurtre

  • The Evolving State of American Policing - Pacific Standard

    “Never at any time in the world’s history has it been possible for so many people to know, so promptly, of the dereliction of one police officer in such lack of context as to cause distrust and lack of respect for all,” Police Chief Frank Ramon tells his colleagues. It’s the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and hundreds of law enforcement executives from around the country are gathered together to talk about recent and troubling publicity around police forces pretty much across the country—California, New York, South Carolina, Maryland. Reflecting on the crisis in policing, he continues, “the law enforcement image is dependent on the professional, competent performance of the men and women who protect and serve their community.”

    But Ramon, the chief of police of the Seattle Police Department, isn’t talking about viral videos shot by bystanders with cell phones, or about footage from dashboard cameras. All of that is still many years away. Ramon is speaking in the year 1965.

    Yet Ramon’s comments could just as easily have been made in 2015—and, in fact, they sort of were. Over the course of the 2015 IACP, many speakers echoed the sentiments expressed at the conference opening by Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy (who resigned a month later when the Laquan McDonald cover-up was brought to light). “We’re in a tough time for policing right now,” McCarthy said. “And I believe we’re at a crossroads. I don’t think this climate has ever existed in the history of American policing.... Never have we been going through the scrutiny of every single action that we deal with like we do today, in the digital age.”
    If police have been made responsible for measures both punitive and provisional in many low-income communities, this is not entirely by accident.

  • Chicago police use heat list as strategy to prevent violence - tribunedigital-chicagotribune

    Revealing that she had a folder on him back on her office desk, West told the 22-year-old that she knew his best friend had been slain last year in their crime-plagued Austin community. She cautioned that he could meet the same fate if he didn’t change his ways.

    McDaniel, who has multiple arrests on suspicion of minor offenses but only one misdemeanor conviction, learned to his surprise that he had made the so-called “heat list” with more than 400 others across the city who have been deemed by the department to be most prone to violence — either as a perpetrator or victim.

    “I haven’t done nothing that the next kid growing up hadn’t done. Smoke weed. Shoot dice. Like seriously?” an incredulous McDaniel said while recalling the recent visit from police brass with a Tribune reporter.

    With the help of mathematical analysis, Chicago police hope to home in on people it believes are most at risk of shooting someone or being shot themselves. The strategy calls for warning those on the heat list individually that further criminal activity, even for the most petty offenses, will result in the full force of the law being brought down on them. At the same time, police extend them an olive branch of sorts, an offer of help obtaining a job or of social services.

  • Recognizing Legacy of Police Torture, Chicago Passes Landmark Reparations

    Advocates say that resolution in Chicago must be placed in the ’broader context of ongoing and endemic police violence.’

    Recognizing the horrific legacy of the Chicago Police Department and...

  • Bad lieutenant: American police brutality, exported from Chicago to Guantánamo | US news | The Guardian

    The Guardian examined thousands of court documents from Chicago and interviewed two dozen people with experience at Guantánamo and in the Chicago criminal-justice system. The results of its investigation suggests a continuum between Guantánamo interrogation rooms and Chicago police precincts. Zuley’s detective work, particularly when visited on Chicago’s minority communities, contains a dark foreshadowing of the United States’ post-9/11 descent into torture.

    Allegations stemming from interviews and court documents, concerning five Chicago suspects, suggest Zuley and his colleagues shackled suspects to walls for extended periods, threatened their family members, and perhaps even planted evidence on them. The point was to yield confessions, even while ignoring potentially exculpatory evidence.

    The cast of characters

    Several of those techniques bear similarities to those used by Zuley when he took over the interrogation of Mohamedou Ould Slahi at Guantánamo, described in official government reports and a best-selling memoir serialised last month by the Guardian as one of the most brutal ever conducted at the US wartime prison.

    #Guantanamo #Chicago #prisons_américaine #droits_de_l'homme #politique_raciale #torture #police #armée

  • How Chicago police condemned the innocent: a trail of coerced confessions | US news | The Guardian

    Shackled by his wrist to the wall and by his ankle to the floor, Lathierial Boyd waited for the detective to return to the Chicago police station. In what he considered a sign he had nothing to hide, the 24-year-old Boyd had given the white detective permission to search his swank loft. It would be clear, he thought, that Boyd was no murderer.

    Yes, Boyd had sold drugs when he was younger. But he had turned a corner with his life, and the contents of his briefcase, which Boyd had also handed over, could prove where his money came from. His business papers were in order: contracts for his real-estate business, tax documents, the forgettable dealings of a successful man – hardly what a killer might carry. As soon as Detective Richard Zuley came back, Boyd thought, he’d be free.

    #états-unis #Police #justice

  • As ’We Charge Genocide’ Preps to Address UN on Brutality Claims, Experts Weigh in - The Youth Project

    The shadow report on police violence against minority youth that Chicago activists We Charge Genocide will present to the United Nations Committee Against Torture this week is consistent with past studies and could receive a favorable response from the UN, experts say.

    Released last month, the report alleges that the treatment of African-American and Latino/a youth by the Chicago Police Department counts as torture under the UN Convention Against Torture.

    We Charge Genocide says the United States violates six of the Convention’s articles by allowing the CPD to torture black and brown youth with near impunity: adequate measures to prevent torture, adequate education about the ban of torture, systematic review of interrogation methods, a prompt and impartial investigation, a right to file charges of torture without retaliation, and legislatively ensured compensation for victims.

  • Chicago police bulk up with $1m in riot gear for ’peaceful’ Nato summit protests

    LRADs have been purchased by the US army and navy, and have also been used in commercial shipping as an attempt to drive away pirates. The device was first used at a protest in the US at the G20 Pittsburgh summit in September 2009, however there are ongoing complaints that its use there caused some people to suffer permanent damage.

    Karen Piper, a university lecturer, claims she suffered irreversible hearing damage that day, and is currently bringing a legal case against the city of Pittsburgh. “This is a device that has the capability to inflict permanent hearing loss on people,” Piper’s lawyer, Vic Walczak, told the Guardian, adding that the device is “more dangerous than a Taser”.

    “We don’t believe it should be used against demonstrators. It should not be used outside the battlefield.”

    #LRAD #police #Chicago #NATO