Sixteen months after cops killed Joshua Beal, still no ruling on whether shooting was justified

Neither of the off-duty officers involved in the shooting or the dispute that preceded it were in full uniform, as police have claimed. By: Maya Dukmasova              Chicago Reader   Sixteen months ago off-duty Chicago police officer Joseph Treacy and police sergeant Thomas Derouin shot ...

Family sues city of Yorkville after video reveals police taunting man

by: Megan Jones                           The Chicago Tribune   Yorkville woman and her 45-year-old son are suing the city of Yorkville and two of its police department employees after an officer urged the man who was choking himself to “finish yourself off.” The lawsuit was […]

Man Fatally Shot by Off-Duty  Chicago Police Officers

On November 5th, 2016, in the early afternoon, Joshua Beal, his girl-friend Ashley Phifer, and other members of a funeral procession were leaving a funeral for Mr. Beal’s cousin at a cemetery in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood to visit an extremely ill relative at a hospital, when a ...

$1.8 million settlement for man who died in police vehicle

City seeks to settle death in squadrol  Man’s survivors to get $1.8 million  By: Gary Washburn            Chicago Tribune  December 3, 2002  The city would pay $1.8 million to the survivors of an inebriated man who suffocated in a police squadrol after it took two hours to get him to a […]

11 family members sue corrupt cops – settle for $700,000

Family Abused by Police Settle for $700,000  By: Anthony Ponce and Ally Clark   February 4, 2012  The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a 2006 lawsuit filed by a South Side family alleging abuse and extortion from rouge police officers.  “We were constantly in fear. Every ...

Rolling Meadows government sued over illegal barricades

Rolling Meadows, police sued over apartment barricades   By: Kristen Kridel          Chicago Tribune  June 17, 2008  The owners of a Rolling Meadows apartment complex filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging that their civil rights are being violated by a police decision to block off most ...

Police falsely claim that quadriplegic punched officer

How Could Quadriplegic Punch a Cop?  By: Frank Main          The Chicago Sun-Times  July 25, 2008  Man claims police ‘were kicking me and punching me,’ even though he kept yelling, ‘I’m paralyzed’  A quadriplegic man sued the Chicago Police Department in federal court Thursday, claiming ...

Tribune: Horwitz represented man tasered 11 times

Lawsuit alleges cops used Tasers on wrong man by: Dan Hinkel                                            Chicago Tribune After misidentifying him as a wanted man, Chicago Police shocked a motorist 11 times in four minutes, the man alleges in […]

Nurse wins false arrest case – $78K

Lisa Hofstra Settles with City for $78K: Nurse Handcuffed by Cop for not Drawing Blood on Command May 3, 2010                                        The Huffington Post   A nurse who was handcuffed by a Chicago Police Officer when she […]

Chicago Police act like terrorists – Homan Square fiasco

March 20, 2015 by: Spencer Ackerman and Jenn Stanley              The Guardian Chicago police officers followed and yelled “that they were watching” two men whom they “essentially kidnapped” at Homan Square, according to the first federal civil-rights lawsuit to stem ...