Gross Police Misconduct Put Him Behind Bars for 36 Years.

Now He’s Suing the Cops Who Framed Him. Frederick Weichel was one of the nation’s longest, wrongfully imprisoned people BOSTON, MA – After more than 36 years in prison for a crime he didn’t do, today Frederick Weichel sued the Town of Braintree, MA, Boston and Massachusetts State police who “deliberately and intentionally framed [him]… Read More

Lawsuit Seeks Access to DNA Evidence That May Identify the Innocent

CHICAGO – The Exoneration Project, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to the wrongfully convicted, has sued the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit seeks access to DNA “hit notifications,” which may provide information that could identify and free innocent prisoners. A DNA hit… Read More

BREAKING: CPD Officials Hit for Not Producing FOIA’d Private Emails About City Business, Including Van Dyke Case

Journalist Brandon Smith Asks Court to Hold Current & Former CPD Officers in Contempt Courts have repeatedly ruled that use of private email accounts for City business are subject to FOIA disclosures CHICAGO – Independent journalist Brandon Smith today filed motions to hold several top current and former Chicago Police Officials in contempt of court… Read More

10 AM Today – Hearing to Determine if All Harith “Snoop” Augustus Videos Should be Released

City is Defying FOIA Law by Refusing to Release Videos This morning a Cook County judge will hold a hearing to determine if the Chicago Police Department should be forced under the Illinois Freedom Of Information Act to release all videos surrounding the controversial July 14th police killing of South Shore barber Harith “Snoop” Augustus,… Read More

Activist Who Helped Force Release of Laquan McDonald Video Sues for All Videos of Harith “Snoop” Augustus Shooting

CPD is refusing to release any further videos despite releasing its version of events and a partial edited video. CHICAGO – Civil rights activist William Calloway this morning sued the Chicago Police to compel the public release of all videos of the July 14th police shooting of South Shore barber Harith “Snoop” Augustus. CPD has… Read More

Public outcry kills proposed FOIA law tweak that would’ve hidden police misconduct records

By Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader Photo by Rich Hein, Chicago Sun-Times On Monday, April 23, within hours of Democratic state rep Anthony Deluca filing a bill to amend Illinois’s Freedom of Information law, a crescendo of opposition arose from civil rights lawyers and government transparency advocates. The amendment would’ve made misconduct complaints against police officers… Read More

Mass Exoneration Highlights Chicago’s Continuing Failure to Discipline Police

It was a stunning achievement. At one stroke, on November 16th, 15 men falsely accused and convicted of serious crimes had their convictions overturned when mounting and overwhelming evidence demonstrated that their police accusers were themselves criminals who engaged in the serious crimes of framing these men. Later that night, seven alleged corrupt cops were… Read More

Criminalizing the Opposition to Police Shootings

In a disturbing, anti-democratic combination, the federal government is simultaneously trying to bury the number of police shootings happening around the country while criminalizing opposition to this violence. How have we reached a point where the government so blatantly flouts democratic norms? The Guardian reports that the government’s “effort” to document police shootings of civilians… Read More

Journalists Sue Chicago Police Over Hidden Records of SWAT Responses to Mental Health Crises

City Refusal to Release Data About SWAT Team Deployments Since Closures of Mental Health Clinics Prompts Suit CHICAGO – Independent journalist Sarah Lazare and community activist Debbie Southorn sued the Chicago Police Department today demanding release of records about Chicago SWAT deployments responding to mental health crises. A copy of the suit can be found… Read More