The Chicago Reporter launches new database: settling for misconduct

The City of Chicago paid more than $210 million to settle police misconduct cases between 2012 and 2015, settling a civil rights lawsuit against the Police Department almost every other day on average, The Chicago Reporter's latest investigation has found. Rather than rein in the practices that lead to these payouts, officials have borrowed millions to pay for them.

Reporter Jonah Newman and a small team of researchers spent several months gathering and analyzing city and court records to create an online database of police settlements.

Settling for misconduct -- The Chicago Reporter's latest series

Read the investigation

Our analysis reveals a strikingly mundane pattern of police violence against citizens in black and Latino communities.

Explore the database

You can filter the database by neighborhood, type of misconduct, amount of settlement, or other categories. You can also search by an officer’s name or badge number.

A fiscal lens on police accountability

We traveled to New York City to analyze the approach of ClaimStat, a new program there that could curb police lawsuits by giving budget officials a voice in police oversight. 

Department Of Justice Sites 'Settling For Misconduct' Database.


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