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Court: Chicago can preserve old records of police complaints

Published Thu Jun 18 2020 16:23:22 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Illinois Supreme Court says Chicago can keep all records of complaints about police officers no matter how old they are. The court ruled 6-1 on Thursday that state law trumps a provision of the police union's contract with the city that calls for records more than five years old to be destroyed. The ruling, which upheld a lower court's decision, is a major victory for police reform advocates, who say the records are crucial to any effort to monitor officers with a history of complaints. The Chicago Police Department has a long been dogged by a reputation for brutality and misconduct, particularly in regard to its treatment of people of color.
by By JOHN O'CONNOR and DON BABWIN
Court: Chicago can preserve old records of police complaints
Court: Chicago can preserve old records of police complaints