Police Abuse

Four Chicago Cops Were Responsible For 200 Internal Affairs Complaints in a Five Year Period


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A Freedom of Information request by the Chicago Tribune has yielded a list of officers who collected at least 11 complaints each between 2001 and 2006, when a scandal over how corrupt the Special Operations Sections (SOS) of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) broke. The Tribune reports:

Four Chicago police officers from a unit at the center of one of the worst misconduct scandals in department history amassed 200 complaints in the years leading up to revelations that they were repeatedly abusing and robbing citizens, according to City of Chicago documents made available this week to the Tribune.

The officers included former cops Jerome Finnigan and Keith Herrera of the now-defunct Special Operations Sections. They racked up 105 complaints against them to Internal Affairs from 2001 through 2006 – the period during which the officers took part in robberies, illegal traffic stops and illegal searches of the homes of suspected drug dealers and other citizens.

Finnigan was sentenced to 12 years in jail in 2011 for plotting to kill another cop, while in 2012 Herrera was sentenced to two months for participating in three robberies with SOS. Before being convicted, but after being charged, Herrera insisted he and the other "special ops" members of the CPD were just doing their job, which he says was described as getting guns and drugs off the street "at any cost."

Craig Futterman, a professor at the University of Chicago's law school who was involved in the litigation that spurred the creation of the list,  says it's evidence that the CPD could've clued itself in to the corruption at SOS before 2006. Futterman also insists not every cop on the list (which includes only cops who have had at least 11 complaints in five years filed against them) was a "bad cop."

Since 2004 Chicago has spent an average of $1 million a week settling and otherwise handling lawsuits against the CPD.

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  1. I’m so lucky to be living in the City of Chicago!

    1. Hey, Ed, did any of that $1 million a week make to the victims?

      1. Lawyers aren’t going to pay themselves.

  2. Holy shit, these guys sound even more like Vic and the Strike Team from The Shield than those Philly cops earlier.

    Create positions like this and sit back and watch the worst possible people fill them.

  3. “getting guns and drugs off the street “at any cost.”

    Transferring them from one set of crooks (gang members) to another set of crooks (thug cops) isn’t getting them off the streets.

  4. Piggies gotta oink

  5. What Happened to the Drugs Seized in the ‘French Connection‘ Bust?

    “….from March 21st 1969 to January 4th 1972, [unknown police officers]… using a different badge number each time…had made six separate withdrawals of drugs [from ‘evidence storage’]. In addition, other detectives … were bogusly drawing off and signing out drugs that were in storage, totalling almost 400 pounds of heroin and cocaine, enough to satisfy 20,000 addicts for at least a year. All had been replaced with flour and cornstarch before being returned. On the basis of the street value of the drugs, $70,000,000, it was the biggest robbery ever, in American history.

    interestingly, the way they were discovered? One of the police detectives was also a *serial rapist*

  6. (contd)

    I personally think the movie American Gangster would have been better if they’d just focused on the James Brolin character and his angle on the story =

    “The SIU-Special Investigating Unit of the NYPD Narcotics Division-was the most corrupt law enforcement agency in American history. Robbery and bribery of big-time dope dealers by agents of this unit was commonplace, as was the use of illegal wiretaps, rampant perjury, and in fact murder to achieve an objective was not unknown. It was said of its officers that they were poor in their twenties, rich in their thirties and in jail in their forties. Their unique assignment was to investigate major narcotic traffickers in New York, and their creation as an anti-crime unit stemmed directly from the French Connection case. Stealing money and drugs from the narcotic traffickers they detained, became a standard procedure.”

  7. “Herrera was sentenced to two months for participating in three robberies with SOS.”

    Were these armed robberies?

    People get sentenced to 90 days for too many DUIs!

    1. That caught my eye, too. Amazing.

    2. Two months of WHAT exactly? Club Med “jail”?

    3. yeah normal people get 20-30 years for similar crimes in Illinois (felony [$300+]armed robbery)

  8. I hope Rahm Emanuel doesn’t let this crisis go to waste.

  9. This is my favorite part:

    Futterman also insists not every cop on the list … was a “bad cop.”

    Futterman sounds like he knows he’s a marked man.

    1. We are all marked 🙁

  10. Finnigan was sentenced to 12 years in jail in 2011 for plotting to kill another cop, while in 2012 Herrera was sentenced to two months for participating in three robberies with SOS.

    I’m assuming somewhere in the robbery victims was a cop, like the would-be victim of the murder scheme. Otherwise, why would they prosecute?

  11. Justice was never served the real criminal got away just ask Finnigan!!! Maybe justice will never come to this Latina woman for being just that a Latina woman who was the real victim and continues to be so till this day!

    1. The lieutenant from hell!!

  12. Aww what about their famous superior lieutenant John jake Blake? People forgot to mention him!!! He was the mastermind who hit away with so much!

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