- John Stanton, DC bureau chief for Buzzfeed
- Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for The Guardian
Statement from the Chicago Police Department on the Guardian’s reporting:
The allegations in this instance are not supported by facts. The vast majority of our officers serve the public with honor and integrity, and alleged actions of one individual decades ago are in no way indicative of the hard working men and women who put their lives on the line each day to protect residents.
The Chicago Police Department has zero tolerance for misconduct, and has instituted a series of internal initiatives and reforms, to ensure past incidents of police misconduct are not repeated.
Over the past three years, CPD created and implemented procedural justice training, which is mandatory for all police officers, built around understanding, fairness and respect. CPD strengthened Internal Affairs, adding accountability measures to their work, adding more investigators, bringing Sergeants into investigations and giving the Bureau of Internal Affairs priority in selecting staff. Additionally, CPD has worked to ensure we have the right supervisors in place, and provided new training that reflects the values we hold, not just as a department but as a community. At the same time, we have made community policing the foundation of our policing philosophy and we have fostered stronger partnership with community leaders, faith leaders and residents.
From the Guardian:
Guantánamo Diary exposes brutality of US rendition and torture
Bad lieutenant: American police brutality, exported from Chicago to Guantánamo
Evidence from Chicago detective's cases re-examined for multiple exonerations
How Chicago police condemned the innocent: a trail of coerced confessions
The rest of tonight's links: