How deep does misconduct run in the Chicago Police Department? Is race a factor? Do officers themselves ever feel they've been targeted by abusive cops?
I wasn’t expecting straight answers when I cold-called Officer Richard Wooten on his cell phone. Getting a police officer to talk about misconduct among his peers seemed like a long shot.
Not only was I naming names in a follow up to my investigation into repeat offenders within the CPD for The Chicago Reporter, but I was also exposing a pattern of brutality in the Gresham District where Wooten lives and works.
I was stunned when he invited me over.
We sat down in a commercial building on 75th Street, the headquarters of a private security company Wooten owns. I couldn’t squeeze our entire interview into our latest story, “Abusing the badge.” But here’s more from our conversation:
Is race a factor in police misconduct?