Tinkering won’t curtail police deadly force

A thorough investigation of the shooting of Laquan McDonald, of course, is in order, as are investigations into every other recent and ensuing use of deadly force by Chicago police. Chicagoans deserve, and have every right to demand, honest answers — but the answers by themselves won’t change the status quo.

Anita Alvarez

Anita Alvarez’s pattern of dubious judgments

The belated charging Tuesday of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke with the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald more than 13 months ago ought to be viewed as an indictment of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez for dereliction of duty.

Launching Injustice Watch: New voices, new openness

There may be no better time to launch Injustice Watch than today. More than fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I had a dream” speech, America remains a country that struggles to accomplish equality. Income inequality and poverty grow, educational systems are widely uneven, and even access to the polls remains an issue. Pew researchers have found that Americans of all races agree that the justice system is the institution least expected to be fair by all races. No wonder.

What Happens to Complaints Against Judges?

On an average year the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board gets close to 450 complaints, but a step by step walk through of the complaint process shows that a majority of cases are dismissed before any investigation into the complaint occurs. Of the minority of complaints that do get investigated, most are dismissed or dealt with confidentially. Even fewer complaints are made known to the public.