MEANWHILE… IN CHICAGO: CPD alerts cops that 3 West Side gangs plotting to shoot officers
Chicago police have shot 702 citizens — killing 215 — in the past 15 years, according to Police Department records obtained by the Tribune under the Freedom of Information Act. Not once have federal law enforcement officials brought criminal civil rights charges against an officer in those shootings.
The office of U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon declined to answer questions about why the federal investigations have taken years, and why no Chicago cop involved in a police shooting has been charged.
An examination of government data and interviews show federal authorities have brought civil rights charges against law enforcement in the Chicago area in two dozen cases over that time period, but none of them involved shootings of citizens by the police.
“They’re almost an irrelevancy to us. They don’t reach out to us and we don’t bring them things,” said the prominent civil rights lawyer Jon Loevy. “Maybe it’s a question of their priorities. A lot of these things that have been happening, they certainly could look at them.”