The local records commission of Cook County is being called upon by The Better Government Association to take on a transparent policy. This in order to protect Chicago police records (misconduct) from destruction. The police records of misconduct stretch back to 1967. There is uncertainty over the police records as numerous police unions have taken action against the City of Chicago. The action centers around a state appellate court ruling the police records are available for public disclosure. There is a clause contractually within the Chicago police union that records can be destroyed after a minimal couple of years.
However, the Better Government Association adopts the position that police records that were wiped would be wrong. It would skew the ability of the public to investigate and determine the vagaries of misconduct over time. Along with trends relating to police policy, supervision and deployment. Police records that documents the misconduct of Chicago police stretching back decades is not in the public domain. However once police officials advised of plans to destroy records an emergency order from a judge handed media outlets, seeking the release of documents, a break.
Illinois County Court on Thursday ruled that Chicago police must first contact Jamie Kalvern ( Invisible Institute ) prior to disposal. This disposal relating to thousands of complaints against Chicago police officers. This disposal relating to thousands of complaints against Chicago police officers. A petition by Jamie Kalven prompted the emergency order. Together with various media outlets, The Sun Times and The Chicago Tribune. A full open and transparent release of all documents is sought back to 1967.
As yet it is not entirely clear as to the mechanics of notifying the media over deletion. It would appear the the real objective is to protect documents from public scrutiny. Police unions, in 2014, sued in order that a veil remained over the records and a decision remains pending (state Appeals Court). Kalven can also be credited with securing the footage of the Laquan McDonald fatal shooting from October 2014.
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