Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chicago paying out millions for police misconduct

Chicago is paying out millions to compensate people for police killings and misconduct according to the New York Times.
"  The City Council here agreed on Wednesday to pay $5 million to the family of a black teenager who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer last fall, as federal and state prosecutors acknowledged that they were conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting.
The council’s decision came swiftly and with no debate, even before a suit had been filed in the case by the family of Laquan McDonald, 17, who the police say was wielding a three-inch knife when an officer shot him 16 times . . " That's not all.
Separately, the City Council this week began considering a $5.5 million reparations package for scores of victims of abuse and torture by the police here in the 1970s and ’80s under the watch of a notorious police commander, Jon Burge. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his support this week for the long-sought reparations, which would include a memorial and a formal apology for the mostly black South Siders who have described being shocked with cattle prods, beaten with phone books and suffocated with plastic bags to compel confessions.
The cases involving Mr. Burge and a group of officers under his command had haunted Chicago and its Police Department for years.
Since Mr. Burge was fired from the department in 1993, the city has paid out some $85 million in settlements and other costs."
When are the taxpayers and voters going to get fed up and say "enough is enough"?  It may be that corruption is so rampant and long-standing that people just take it for granted. Sad!

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