New Police Reforms in Newark May Hint at Chicago’s Future

Before ex-police chief McCarthy was fired in Chicago, he stepped down in Newark. A Justice Department investigation soon followed. According to Chicago Magazine:

“Seventy-five percent of Newark police stops lacked legal justification, and these stops disproportionately affected African Americans. …

“In Newark, the Justice Department also found a “pattern or practice of unconstitutional force” and faulted an internal review process that sustained only one civilian use-of-force complaint during a six-year period that included McCarthy’s entire tenure. In Chicago, less than two percent of complaints filed between March 2011 and September 2015 resulted in disciplinary action, according to police data obtained by the Invisible Institute.”

“A legal expert told the Tribune that reforms and monitoring in Chicago could come close to $100 million.”

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