Department of Justice sites 'Settling for Misconduct' database.

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice released the report from its civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department. That report found a widespread pattern of excessive force and other abuse by officers, poor officer training and a systemic failure to hold officers accountable for misconduct.

The DOJ also noted the city’s lack of transparency around the costly civil lawsuits stemming from misconduct and singled out The Chicago Reporter for shining light on those lawsuits with our “Settling for Misconduct” database.

“Until the Reporter created its database...little information was publicly available about these settlements,” the DOJ wrote. “The city’s limited release of information regarding settlements further contributes to public distrust and the perception that the City wishes to keep officer misconduct shielded from public scrutiny."

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