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Month: June 2015


Chicago Police Violate Rights in Haste to Make Drug Crime Arrests
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Chicago Police Violate Rights in Haste to Make Drug Crime Arrests

Two separate marijuana-related incidents highlight Chicago police officers’ haste to make drug crime arrests—often at the expense of civil rights.

 

The two reported incidents, four years apart, demonstrate how officers may hold suspects of drug offenses for hours in an attempt to force them to confess or incriminate others.

In both the 2010 and 2014 reports, Chicago officers from Homan Square arrested two suspects for possession of marijuana, and then proceeded to detain them for hours without record of … Read More

Are Chicago’s Gun Crime Penalties about to Get Even Tougher?
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Are Chicago’s Gun Crime Penalties about to Get Even Tougher?

 

As Americans across the country were celebrating the start of summer Memorial Day weekend, violent shootings erupted in Baltimore, New York, and Chicago.

 

While New York witnessed 16 shootings and Baltimore reported 32 separate gun violence incidents, “the most shocking Memorial Day gun violence was recorded in Chicago,” according to reporters from America Magazine. This past Memorial Day weekend was the worst for gun violence in Chicago in over 10 years, with 12 killed and 44 wounded, including … Read More

How a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Ruin Your Career
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How a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Ruin Your Career

For Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald, jail time and fines may be the least of the consequences he faces for his domestic violence charge.

 

The pro football player was arrested last month on domestic violence charges after allegedly physically assaulting a victim while she was holding a baby, according to CNN. Following his arrest, the Bears released McDonald from the team.

 

The Bears had taken a gamble on McDonald when they took him on, knowing that the … Read More

More DUI Checkpoints in Latino and African American Neighborhoods
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More DUI Checkpoints in Latino and African American Neighborhoods

DUI checkpoints—sometimes referred to as sobriety checkpoints—are roadblocks set up by officers to stop vehicles to check for drunk drivers. DUI checkpoints are designed to achieve surprise, and are often set up in areas not visible to approaching traffic. Typically, vehicles are stopped in a specific sequence, such as every other vehicle, or every fourth and fifth vehicle. If an officer’s initial encounter with a driver gives him or her reasonable suspicion that the driver is drunk, the officer may … Read More

Prostitution Stings Net Arrests – But Do They Violate Rights?
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Prostitution Stings Net Arrests – But Do They Violate Rights?

This past March was a busy month for the Romeoville police force. Local police conducted a prostitution sting between March 20 and 27, arresting 20 men for soliciting a prostitute during the process.

 

To attract solicitors, the police set up an advertisement for prostitution online. “We try to do this every couple years,” police Commander John Ferdinardo explained to reporters from the Chicago Tribune.

 

Officers set up their investigation in the 1200 block of Lakeview Drive, where there … Read More