Friday, October 10, 2008

Cops Behaving Badly in Chicago

New light shed on police complaints :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES The "punishments" handed out are as interesting as anything.

Chicago has new agency to track allegations of police misconduct. The police are no longer investigating themselves. Which is probably a good thing.

The "suggested punishments" are an interesting view on the existence of two sets of rules. (One for cops, one for the Little People.)
• May 2007: An officer allegedly kicked and mistreated a detainee in the Shakespeare District. Videotape evidence backed the complaint. IPRA recommended a 30-day suspension for the officer and a 15-day suspension for a partner who failed to report the abuse.
Do you think assault and/or battery should be punished by suspension?
August 2007: A detective allegedly struck a citizen’s head against a Plexiglass partition in the Albany Park District and verbally abused the person. The detective admitted the conduct and agreed to a one-day suspension.
One day? Isn't that assault, bashing someone's head into a partition? (And was it Plexi, or Lexan? One is bullet-proof - and really hard - the other isn't.)

The list is quite long. The punishment is usually suspension, though in a few cases this new board "recommended" the officer in question be fired. Of course then the unions step in to defend their own. There really are two sets of rules: one for cops, and one for everyone else. And they aren't held to a higher standard.

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