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Chicago

Chicago-based projects and organizations

Chicago Justice Project – an independent, non-profit research organization that analyzes data from criminal justice agencies to promote evidence-based reform

Chicago PIC Teaching Collective – dismantling the prison-industrial complex through popular education

Chicago Police Board Information Center – comprehensive archive of misconduct allegations against the Chicago Police Department

Invisible Institute –  journalistic production company based in South Side Chicago; seeks to make visible perspectives excluded from public discourse through human rights documentation, investigative reporting, civil rights litigation, curating public information

We Charge Genocide – grassroots, inter-generational effort to center the voices and experiences of the young people most targeted by police violence in Chicago

See also:

For comprehensive info on the Chicago torture cases, visit Chicago Torture Justice Memorials

Rekia Boyd

March, 2016

Thank you, Chicago, Dialectic, March 12th, 2016

December, 2015

New emails show City Hall scramble on Laquan McDonald, Chicago Tribune, December 31st, 2015

Missing the Point: Chicago’s Answer to an Epidemic of Police Violence is More Tasers and Training, Atlantic Black Star, December 30th, 2015

Disturbing new twist in Chicago’s police crisis: embattled state’s attorney refused to prosecute cop who admitted to perjury, Salon, December 15th, 2015

Chicago protest leader on MSNBC demands police be defunded, MediaIte, December 10th, 2015

Justice Officials to Investigate Chicago Police Department After Laquan McDonald Case, New York Times, December 7th, 2015

Why did it take 13 months? MSNBC (Melissa Harris-Perry), December 5th, 2015

A response to ‘Teaching About Laquan McDonald,’ University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education, December 3rd, 2015 (archived)

Official Statement from the Black Youth Project, December 1st, 2015

Chicago Top Cop Fired, Nation Asks: Who Else Helped Cover Up Laquan McDonald’s Death? Colorlines, December 1st, 2015

Cop charged with the murder of Laquan McDonald walks out of jail thanks to police fundraising, Jezebel, December 1st, 2015

November, 2015

Cover-Up in Chicago, New York Times, November 30th, 2015

Chicago Public Schools offers a lesson plan for Laquan McDonald discussion, Chicago Tribune, November 25th, 2015

Chicago police officer charged in shooting has a history of misconduct complaints, Washington Post, November 25th, 2015

The Execution of Laquan McDonald, The New Republic, November 25th, 2015

Shifting the Focus from the Laquan McDonald Murder Video and Back to the Systems that Killed Him, Black Youth Project, November 24th, 2015

Chicago Activist: City’s call for peace over Laquan McDonald video does not extend to the police department, Democracy Now, November 24th, 2015

How Chicago tried to cover up a police execution, The Chicago Reporter, November 24th, 2015 (archived)

The horrifying behavior of Anita Alvarez, Chicago’s head prosecutor, Daily Kos, November 24th, 2015

John Marshall Law School Professor to Serve Role with Illinois Torture Commission, University Chronicle, November 5th, 2015 (archived)

October, 2015

Over 100 Activists March Upon, Shut Down, Downtown Police Conference, DNA Info-Chicago, October 24th, 2015

Homan Square revealed: how Chicago police ‘disappeared’ over 7000 people, The Guardian, October 19th, 2015

Chicago Activists Launch Police Misconduct Database, Inverse, October 2nd, 2015

August, 2015

Jon Burge Case: Police Torture Scandal Still Casts Long Shadow Over Chicago, NBC News, August 16th, 2015

ACLU of Illinois Sells Out Chicago’s Black Youth, TruthOut, August 14th, 2015

Chicago police OK independent stop-and-frisk evaluations, Police One, August 7th, 2015

Chicago police stop-and-frisk policy to undergo more scrutiny, DNAinfo, August 7th, 2015

‘Rise Up October’ Tour Against Police Brutality Stops in Chicago, Progress Illinois, August 5th, 2015

Chicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility, The Guardian, August 5th, 2015

July, 2015

Local Groups Protest Use of Solitary Confinement, July 24th, 2015 (archived)

Chicago Police Sued for Alleged Brutality, ABC 7-Chicago, July 9th, 2015

June, 2015

How Activists Won Reparations for the Survivors of Chicago Police Torture, Truthout, June 29th, 2015

Mississippi Man files for police torture reparations in Chicago’s Burge case, Frank Main for the Chicago Sun-Times, June 20th, 2015

Video of Chicago Police Officer Firing Into Car Full of Teens Released by Judge, DNA Info, June 18th, 2015

Chicago Wrestles with the Legacy of Police Torture, Al-jazeera America, June 17th, 2015

Navy Veteran in Chicago Claims He’s a Victim of Police Brutality, Fox News-Chicago, June 9th, 2015

May, 2015

Homan Square detainee: I was sexually abused by police at Chicago black site, The Guardian, May 14th, 2015

Lawyer for Chicago Torture Victims: A Model for Responding to Police Brutality, Joey Mogul for Time Magazine blog, May 12th, 2015

March, 2015

Transformative Justice Law Project holds open house, Windy City Times, March 11th, 2015

February, 2015

The Disappeared: Chicago Police Detain Americans at Abuse-Laden ‘Black Site’ Spencer Ackerman for The Guardian, February 24th, 2015

May, 2014

Asian American Groups Protest City Hall Over Alleged Police Brutality Video, DNAinfo, May 29th, 2014

General Information About Chicago

Arresting Justice: A Report About Juvenile Arrests in Chicago, 2009 & 2010, First Defense Legal Aid and Project NIA

Chicago Prison-Industrial Complex Teaching Collective

Chicago Youth Justice Data Project

Crime and Incarceration Among Girls and Young Women in Illinois and Chicago, by Mariame Kaba for Project NIA

Rekia Boyd case (ongoing)

Color of Change petition to fire officer responsible for Boyd’s death

Illinois Judge Calls Boyd Killing Reckless, but Acquits Cop on Technicaltiy, Democracy Now, May 20th, 2015

They Took the Whole Thing as a Joke – Why Rekia’s Killer Went Free, Sunjay Kumar for Fusion, May 5th, 2015

Rekia Boyd Shooting was ‘beyond reckless,’ so police got a pass, op-ed, Chicago Tribune, April 22nd, 2015

Cop Who Killed Rekia Boyd out of ‘Fear’ Found Not Guilty, Jia Tolentino in Jezebel, April 21st, 2015

Brother of Rekia Boyd Graduates College with a Public Health Degree, The Chicago Citizen, January 7th, 2015

Trial Set for Cop Charged in Woman’s Death, The Chicago Tribune, September 15th, 2014

Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin Charged in 2012 Shooting of Unarmed Rekia Boyd, Huffington Post, November 25th, 2013

Rekia Boyd Family Awarded $4.5 million settlement, ABC-7 News, March 13th, 2013

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