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Tue Jan 5, 2016, 02:59 PM

 

Chicago Cops Say Keeping Evidence of Misconduct Puts Cops in Danger – So They’re Destroying It

Chicago Cops Say Keeping Evidence of Misconduct Puts Cops in Danger – So They’re Destroying It


With protesters thronging the streets of Chicago demanding police accountability and clamoring for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city’s police union is frantically trying to destroy decades of records documenting police misconduct. As is always the case, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) sees “officer safety” as the highest priority – including protection from legal accountability.


An injunction filed by the FOP insists that preserving those records violates Section 8.4 of its bargaining agreement with the City of Chicago. That provision specifies that all files of misconduct investigations and officer disciplinary histories “will be destroyed five (5) years after the date of the incident or the date upon which the violation is discovered, whichever is longer, except that not sustained files alleging criminal conduct or excessive force shall be retained for a period of seven (7) years after the date of the incident or the date upon which the violation is discovered, whichever is longer….”


Once that deadline passes, the episode of excessive force or other misconduct “cannot be used against the Officer in any future proceedings in any other forum” unless it deals with a matter subject to litigation during the five year period or “unless a pattern of sustained infractions exists.” This element of the bargaining agreement creates an incentive for the police department to delay, obstruct, and obfuscate investigations of misconduct and abuse complaints until the deadline expires – and to keep the process opaque to the public.

“Basically, they bargained away transparency and accountability,” points out Chicago University Law Professor Craig Futterman, who is fighting in court to prevent the destruction of the officer misconduct records. “In a world where an incident like [the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald] happens and the public statements are `Deny, deny, deny,’ and then close off and circle the wagons, and then a code of silence and an exoneration at the end of the day – in that system, you cannot create public trust,” Futterman explained to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/chicago-cops-keeping-evidence-misconduct-puts-cops-danger-destroying/#BksI6CpwifHUxFHd.99

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Reply Chicago Cops Say Keeping Evidence of Misconduct Puts Cops in Danger – So They’re Destroying It (Original post)
FreakinDJ Jan 2016 OP
hobbit709 Jan 2016 #1
madokie Jan 2016 #2
lpbk2713 Jan 2016 #3
msongs Jan 2016 #4
MohRokTah Jan 2016 #5
Eric J in MN Jan 2016 #6
Octafish Jan 2016 #7
Proud Liberal Dem Jan 2016 #8
Gidney N Cloyd Jan 2016 #9
Proud Liberal Dem Jan 2016 #10

Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:01 PM

1. Puts them in danger of being jailed.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:03 PM

2. That is exactly what it is too

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:06 PM

3. Puts them in danger of litigation.




The individual and the department could lose a lot of money if they don't destroy the evidence ASAP.


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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:18 PM

4. criminals have unions too ya know. nt

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:19 PM

5. I advocate busting ALL cop unions.

 

Cops should never be allowed to unionize because all cop unions are criminal enterprises.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:23 PM

6. We need a federal law requiring retention of police misconduct records. NT

NT

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:29 PM

7. Trust Us.

Just Us.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:30 PM

8. Is there any other union out there

that enjoys this massive level of protection for its members?

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:38 PM

9. Never seen the likes of it. They operate like a co-chief of police.

I believe in strong unions but the FOP has advanced to the point of actively obstructing justice, putting them at odds with the whole police raison d'être.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 5, 2016, 03:56 PM

10. That concerns me too

Wingnuts complain about how hard it supposedly is to fire bad teachers because of their unions but it really seems nigh impossible to get bad cops indicted and/or even just fired for misconduct.

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