Police Misconduct in Suburban Chicago

Justice Wrongful convictions aren’t just a problem in Chicago. This is a profile of a Chicago suburb (sort of), Waukegan, Illinois. Waukegan police have history of wrongful convictions, abuse allegations – Chicago Tribune

This article details shoddy police work that sent innocent men to prison for decades, the way the prosecutors in the county went along because they were winning cases, and the institutional cover-up of reported misconduct, because it was “easier to sweep it under the carpet.” (Misconduct, I might add, that was reported by other Waukegan cops.)

This isn’t a story of one or two guys having a bad day. This is a story of a dysfunctional police department that has for decades violated civil rights, used excessive force, and in general behaved in criminal ways. Of course cops enjoy immunity. And not much is being done about it.

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  1. Waukegan is probably not really a suburb of Chicago. It has existed a long time as a city in its own right. Lots of manufacturing in its day, and a naval air station. (Now closed?) And it is outside the distance I would like to have commute, unless there are express trains. But it is one of the “collar countries” as they are called in that part of Illinois. And if you’ve never heard of it, that gives you some indication of where it is.

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