Police Shootings in Chicago
The Chicago Tribune, known for its investigations of police practices and the criminal justice system, has produced an eight-month examination of police shootings dating back a decade.
Using records from internal investigative files, medical examiner autopsies and depositions in lawsuits, reporters Sam Roe, David Heinzmann and Steve Mills examined 200 cases. While recognizing that shootings are rarely easy calls, the reporters found at least a dozen where police shot civilians in the back, including five cases where forensic evidence cast doubt on the officer's account. The Chicago Police Department ruled that less than one percent of the shootings were unjustified. The Tribune's two-part investigation found that 100 people had been killed by police in the last decade and $59 million paid out in civil judgments against the city.
Twice in the last decade, The Washington Post has investigated police shootings in its circulation area, a five-part series in 1998 on D.C. police shootings and a four-part series in 2001 on shootings by Prince George's County Police.
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Posted by: yojoe | December 7, 2007 3:45 PM