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.