Criminal Justice

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Journey Of A Judge’s Gun From Chicago Buyback To Cicero Police Shooting

July 28, 2017
A Cook County judge turned a gun in to Chicago police as part of a buyback program 13 years ago. The gun mysteriously turned up eight years later next to the body of a young man shot to death by a Cicero police officer. Cicero officials are now poised to write a $3.5 million settlement check to members of the dead man’s family.

Park District Police: Costly And Questionably Redundant

April 7, 2017
A handful of Illinois park districts operate taxpayer-funded police forces separate from the regular police departments that already patrol the same communities. With badges sometimes handed to the well-connected, the practice raises questions of redundancy, liability, nepotism and expense.

Video Shows Guard Punching, Kicking Inmate In Head

April 20, 2016
Correctional officer still has job, avoids criminal charges in spite of graphic video showing him pummeling Cook County Jail inmate.
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