What you missed: Commander acquitted and the role of police video

There is plenty of news still swirling around the issues of police shootings, allegations of abuse, and how they are investigated, including mayoral apologies and the launching of a federal probe. Even as the fallout from the shooting death of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke continues, questions mount around other incidents of alleged police abuse in Chicago. Cook County Circuit Judge Police Commander Glenn Evans was acquitted Monday on charges of aggravated battery over allegations he shoved his service revolver down the throat of a drug suspect. Many of the cases under scrutiny now involve video. The Sun-Times reviewed three recent cases in which the city paid out millions. In each, the videos appeared to contradict the police accounts; in none of them, unlike McDonald’s shooting, was the officer charged.

Former Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel

McCarthy left Newark police a mess, too

When he took the job as police superintendent in Chicago in 2011, Garry McCarthy left behind a department in Newark that faced many of the same type of problems that now plague the Chicago Police Department.

Everything you should know about Chicago police accountability

A judge’s order that the dashboard video of Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke shooting to death 17-year old Laquan McDonald has set off an avalanche of developments that continue to unfold. On Monday U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced the U.S. Department of Justice is opening a probe into the pattern and practices of the Chicago Police Department. That probe had been called for by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and supported by demonstrators and many politicians locally and nationally. At first Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed his own panel of Chicago lawyers, said he opposed the idea of a Justice Department investigation. Quickly he changed course and said he supported the investigation.

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.