The Watch

News and Information for Chicago FOP members.

In Chicago, Police Held Accountable, Not Journalists

How threatening it must be for Hinkel and the Tribune to finally have a police union pointing out just how badly the Tribune has covered an entire era of the criminal justice in Chicago. How threatening that the FOP will no longer cooperate with the newspaper until its writers begin to come clean on this massive amount of evidence. 

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FOP To Top Officials: Cease Improper COPA investigations Of Officer Involved Shootings

In the wake of an opinion letter from the executive director of a key state board declaring that the city’s civilian oversight board does not have authority to investigate officer-involved shootings, attorneys for the FOP have notified top Illinois officials that the agency is in violation of the law and threatened legal action. 

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Who Conspired?

In a hotly debated motion last week seeking to dismiss charges against former Detective David March, ex-officer Joseph Walsh, and Officer Thomas Gaffney in connection with the Laquan McDonald case, defense attorneys pushed the onus of conspiracy away from their clients and onto their accusers, including Special Prosecutor Patricia Holmes. 

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FOP On Stripping Officer In Stolen Car Case: No Way

This move by the BIA is troubling. Normally, the city’s civilian oversight agency, COPA, investigates officers’ use of force. But in this case, COPA did not complete an investigation of the incident and issued no findings. The city’s BIA took their own actions. In doing so, Sarli’s due process rights under the collective bargaining agreement were tossed aside as if they didn’t exist. 

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