The reputation of the Chicago Police Department is not too good.... not in some quarters anyway.
In a city that prides itself on gay rights, police brutality against lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, transgender people and other minorities “remains a widespread problem,” said Ariel Herrera, director of Amesty International USA’s human rights program on those issues.So should this impact the Olympic bid? Will it?
Herrera cited the June 2006 case of Alexander Ruppert, who suffered a fractured nose and received 16 stitches to his left eye after allegedly being kicked, punched and verbally abused by police officers who escorted him out of a bar after a disturbance.
During two days in custody, Ruppert claims he was denied food, water and pain medication and forced to drink from a toilet in his cell. His lawsuit is pending.
In a town where they say, "You can't fight city hall," I hope someone pulls Mayor Daley up short.
The current issue is the current Police contract. It makes it virtually impossible to catch rogue cops, until they get so far out of control that it spills over into the news.