The Chicago Police Department is among the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States. We have investigated the city’s new police oversight agency, the department’s disciplinary system and a secretive appeals systems.
In 50 years, only one officer has been fired for abuse involving racial or ethnically biased language.
Officer John Catanzara describes himself as a “give no f#$%s, say it like it is man.” His Facebook and Instagram posts have prompted investigations.
Analysis shows hundreds of misconduct findings overturned.
A Chicago Tribune-ProPublica Illinois investigation tracked more than 300 police disciplinary cases appealed through the department’s labor office. We analyzed changes between original discipline orders and what officers actually served.
A revamped agency takes a step backward in informing the public.
At 16, Brandon Whitehead and his father were held at gunpoint by an off-duty Chicago police officer. The cop got suspended for five days, which he served 11 years later. Brandon, now 27, goes back to the scene.
Even after reporters identified lost cases, only some officers served suspensions.