Most unions don’t aggressively shield their members from accountability for murder. Police unions are another story.
“Reform is a perfectly warm, comforting blanket. It is comfortable and sedating. But it also smothers.”
“The police violence and the impact of the pandemic are two sides of the same coin,” writes Susan Smith Richardson, CEO of the Center for Public Integrity.
Illinois appeals court should affirm incarcerated peoples’ right to privacy in their own bodies, says Loyola law professor Maria Hawilo.
Organizer Richard Wallace says the police department is using force to make black residents follow stay-at-home orders, “regardless of the circumstance.”
The federal judge’s order didn’t go as far as some civil rights advocates had hoped. The ongoing work of pushing for structural change to the criminal justice system must continue.
In response to commentary that the City of Chicago wrongly contested torture of a series of victims by members of disgraced-commander Jon Burge’s crew, the city’s top lawyer writes: “The Department of Law stands with due process and the rule of law. And it stands by its defense against Mr. Wrice’s claims.”
Advocates for incarcerated people are calling on Illinois correctional officials to protect the state’s older prison population from COVID-19 disease.
Civil rights lawyer Flint Taylor questions why the Lightfoot administration has hired lawyers who aggressively challenge in court the credibility of defendants’ contentions they were tortured into confessing by members of the crew of former Chicago police commander Jon Burge.