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Readings — From the April 2017 issue

The Untouchables

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From incidents since 2011 in which the use of force by Chicago police officers was deemed reasonable or justifiable by supervisors or the city’s Independent Police Review Authority. The incidents are included in a Department of Justice report on the Chicago Police Department that was published in January.

Officers allowed a canine to bite two unarmed seventeen-year-old boys who had broken into an elementary school.

A man died after hitting his head while fleeing from an officer who shot him with a Taser. The man was suspected of petty theft.

An officer pushed an eighteen-year-old student onto his police car, chipping her tooth, because she screamed profanities and flailed her arms. The officer reported “an emergency takedown maneuver to regain control.” The woman was 5?4? and weighed 120 pounds; the officer was 6?1? and weighed 186 pounds.

A man was walking down a residential street when officers drove up and ordered him to freeze because he had been fidgeting with his waistband. The man ran. Three officers gave chase and fired forty-five rounds, killing him. Officers found no gun on the man, but recovered a handgun one block away. The gun was later determined to be inoperable.

Officers arrested a woman for prostitution, threw her to the ground, and surrounded her. One officer told another to “tase her ten fucking times.” Officers called her an animal, threatened to kill her and her family, and screamed, “I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the fuck you came from,” while hitting her.

During a foot pursuit, an officer fired eleven shots at a suspect. His partner fired five shots. The partner stated that the suspect did not turn his body or raise his weapon. He explained that the first officer began shooting, so he did as well.

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