Friday, February 10, 2012

Another 6+ Million Bucks Paid Out Because of Chicago's Finest

Getting ready for the G8 and the NATO summits scheduled for this summer in Chicago... Settlement in 2003 Chicago protest lawsuit - CBS News

The arrested everyone they could (700 in total). Without regard for what they were doing. In at least one case, they arrested someone who was not part of the protest. (He stepped out of a restaurant just in time to be picked up.)
The settlement would pay those arrested in 2003 and charged up to $15,000; anyone arrested but not charged could get up to $8,750; others detained on the street for more than 90 minutes before being released could receive up to up to $500, Mogul said.
So have they learned their lessons? The Chicago Police maintain they are ready for this summer. Probably a good reason to stay out of the city.

2 comments:

Art said...

As if another reason was needed.
But wait ... Mebbe I can win the "unlawful arrest lotto!"

Zendo Deb said...

In Chicago it isn't a lotto. It is a police force that is out of control.

In my lifetime it was generally considered that fair number of cops were associated with The Outfit. (If you aren't familiar with them, try Google.)

And I know people who routinely bought their way out of traffic tickets - for a pittance, because they didn't count on a few bribes, they made it up in volume.

In the past 3 years, they have finally brought Jon Burge to task for the torture of "suspects" in the 70s and 80s. (I say "suspects" because they were random black men snatched off the street - until they confessed of course.) There has been a series of stories on how the cops extort money from tow-truck drivers.

If you go back 8 or 10 years, you can find out about the Special Operations Section. Kidnapping. Assault. Extortion. Murder-for-hire.

Then there are all the time Chicago PD members find themselves in bar brawls, in DUI situations, etc. and somehow the evidence is never quite up to snuff. Or even if it is, the union goes bat for the miscreant and he keeps his job.

There is more, but you get the point.