Chicago already has registered more homicides than it did during all of last year. Now, the Chicago Police Department is on pace to break an all-time record that could make it more difficult to stop the bloodshed: police retirements in a single year. Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields disclosed Monday that the ranks of 2012 retirees will top 580, breaking the old record of 570 in 2004.
A new pilot program that calls for the anti-violence group CeaseFire to partner with the Chicago Police Department in curbing violent crime has struggled to take shape this summer, the group said Monday, because the organization didn't have assurances that its workers would not act as informants for criminal investigations.
It was with great amusement that I read a piece in today's New York Times on an FBI investigation of police corruption in Baltimore.
"What the investigation revealed was startling: a bribery racket suspected to involve kickbacks to dozens of Baltimore police officers," the article says. " The sheer number of officers involved stunned department veterans and civilians alike." Read more...
A small group of officers that makes up just one percent of the Chicago Police Department is responsible for a quarter of the department's payouts in misconduct lawsuits.
Those officers, who have faced repeated lawsuits, have cost the city $11.7 million over the past two years, the Chicago Reporter says. Some were named in as many as five misconduct lawsuits.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is seeking a gag order against the family of a mentally ill woman who was critically injured after the Chicago Police Department arrested her at Midway Airport and then released her in a housing project miles away.
The move came after the family of Christina Eilman made comments criticising the city in the wake of a federal appellate court's ruling last week, which lambasted the police department. Read more...