A recent WBEZ story explored an increasing criticism of the Chicago Police Department for using illegal interrogation tactics, failing to read citizens their Miranda rights and preventing citizens from exercising their right to an attorney.
According to First Defense Legal Aid, a Chicago non-profit dedicated to educating Chicagoans on their constitutional rights, only 0.2% of those arrested by the Chicago Police Department in 2013 had a lawyer present while in custody. This statistic is incredibly troubling. It not only points to a lack of awareness among citizens of their rights, but indicates a culture within the CPD of barring citizens from their constitutional right to an attorney during questioning and their right to remain silent.
Though officers can legally hold persons for up to 24 hours without charges, if citizens don’t fully understand their rights, in an effort to advocate for themselves, they may unknowingly give officers the information they need to charge them with a crime, the WBEZ story says.
At Romanucci & Blandin LLC, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients. But, furthermore, we are dedicated to ensuring that the law is upheld everywhere and that no citizen is denied his or her constitutional rights. Last year, R&B Law Principal Antonio M. Romanucci was elected chair of the Association for Justice’s police misconduct group. Through his volunteer work there, he offers his experience as a resource to attorneys across the country and also works to effect change so that no citizen comes to expect that violations of his constitutional rights are the norm.