Two Chicago police officers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging that high-ranking Chicago Police Department officials blacklisted them after they attempted to blow the whistle on crooked colleagues who were engaged in illegal activities.
Shannon Spalding and Daniel Echeverria allege in the lawsuit [PDF] that they saw police colleagues shaking down drug dealers and framing innocent people when they were sent to the Ida B. Wells public housing complex to work undercover, according to the Chicago Tribune.
When they attempted to report the wrongdoing, they were first told by their supervisors to “disregard” the incident, the Tribune reports. When they took their report to the FBI, they say they were labeled “rats” and were essentially demoted within the force.
Posted: 11/02/2012 10:45 am EDT Updated: 11/02/2012 10:45 am EDT
CHICAGO (CBS) — Using the lure of $100 gift cards, the Chicago Police Department is encouraging people to get guns out of their homes and turn them in this Saturday, during the annual gun turn-in program.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the Police Department is partnering with 20 churches..
Police To Hold Gun Turn-In Event This Weekend
June 8, 2012
The superintendent of the Chicago Police Department says that the reason one of his officers used a Taser stun gun on a woman days away from giving birth because “you can’t always tell whether somebody is pregnant.”
At eight-months pregnant, Tiffany Rent says she would think officers would have been aware of her condition before they assaulted and arrested her on Wednesday morning outside a South Side drug store.
“I was standing at the squad car close enough for him to see that I was pregnant,” Rent tells the Chicago Tribune.
Tolva is counting on his chief data officer, Brett Goldstein, to expand upon Goldstein’s work developing a Chicago Police Department program that aims to predict when and where crime will happen. “We want to apply analytics to sets of data to identify patterns,” Tolva said. That could mean comparing a neighborhood’s 911 and 311 calls, or analyzing overlapping data from the Department of Transportation and Streets and Sanitation Department to figure out how to better deliver city services.
via Chicago’s tech guru envisions ‘smart’ services – Chicago Sun-Times.
We’ve hit what I call the “FOIA Stone Wall.”
“FOIA” stands for the Freedom of Information Act, one of the most important tools in a reporter’s toolbox when it comes to finding out what government knew and when it knew it. Authorities, by law, are obligated to respond. But in Illinois, despite so-called FOIA reforms, public officials are expert at invoking exceptions, loopholes and strategies for dodging legitimate requests.
Since February, the Sun-Times investigative team, led by reporters Tim Novak and Chris Fusco, has filed more than a dozen FOIA’s of Chicago Police Department, the Cook County State’s Attorneys Office and other agencies.
But the Chicago Police Department is doing everything it can to stall or stop the release of unredacted reports, street files and lineup photos that could perhaps explain why it took the cops a full 25 days after Koschman was hit and 14 days after he was dead to set eyes on Vanecko at Area 3 police headquarters. The police, in all that time, never tried to pick him up.
via Cops dodge questions in David Koschman homicide case – Chicago Sun-Times.