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Recommendations by Donald J. Trump to Increase the Practice of Stop and Frisk Tactics in Chicago Concerning

Posted on: September 28th, 2016 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has now proposed increasing the practice of stop-and-frisk tactics as a way to stop violence in our country’s black communities. His comments came during a candidates forum last week and during the Presidential debate this week, sparking criticism from many. Trump cited past experiences in New York as proof that the tactic works. What he failed to mention is that in cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles and our hometown of Chicago, the methods have been found unconstitutional for disproportionately targeting minorities. Furthermore, these tactics breed mistrust and contempt of police officers when communities and police departments should be working together. During a time where the public’s relationship with law enforcement is teetering on more troubled than ever, the perils of such an approach would be detrimental to our city’s neighborhoods.

Pending currently is a class action lawsuit filed by Romanucci & Blandin, LLC asserting that the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) widespread constitutional abuses, including inadequately monitoring CPD officers and their stop and frisk practices, have prospered as a result of, and are directly caused by, policies and practices enforced by the City of Chicago.

“This practice is being done primarily to African American individuals without reasonable suspicion required under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution,” noted Lead Attorney on the Stop and Frisk lawsuit, Antonio M. Romanucci. “Instead, the CPD employs race and/or national origin as determinative factors in deciding to stop and frisk individuals. This is in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment – plain and simple.”

This class action lawsuit to stop the persistent practice of unconstitutional stop and frisks in Chicago follows a landmark federal class action lawsuit filed in 2008 against the City of New York and New York Police Department (NYPD) (Floyd, et al. v. City of New York). In August 2013, a federal judge found the NYPD liable for a pattern and practice of racial profiling and unconstitutional stops and frisks.
So now you determine Mr. Trump if stop and frisk tactics can be touted as extremely successful in your hometown of New York. We say absolutely not.

A Look Inside Police Shootings In Chicago

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

There is absolutely no question that violence, particularly gun violence, is a major problem in Chicago.  There have been over 3,000 people shot in Chicago this year alone and 473 of those victims have died.  These numbers are higher than last year and in fact some of the highest since the 1990’s.  No doubt this is a massive issue that is shaking the city and the country.

But there is another problem that keeps being swept under the rug and ignored, and that is the number of police shootings occurring not just in Chicago but across the nation.  While there have been 92 deaths due to a police shooting in Chicago over the past six years, those numbers are eerily similar all over the United States.  

The Chicago Tribune recently gained access to data about police shootings in Chicago after a long battle to obtain the information.  Their analysis brought up some startling, and disturbing, patterns.  Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Most often the police officer involved in the shooting wasn’t a rookie officer.  The average number of years served was nine.
  • From 2010 to 2015, there were 435 police shootings and in those shootings, 2,623 bullets were fired.
  • While about half of the officers involved in these shootings were African-American or Hispanic, about four out of five victims were also African-American or Hispanic.
  • These are just a few of the highlights from the Tribune’s analysis, yet they make a strong case for the change that is desperately needed. Police officers in Chicago, and across the country, need to take on huge reforms in order to solve this problem.  It won’t happen overnight and it will take serious effort from both police officers and the community to make significant changes and end the violence on our streets.  

    Reporting these incidents will help make a difference.  If you have been a victim of police brutality or misconduct, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible.