Chicago Police Department Faces Lawsuit Over Stop And Frisk

Photo: Josh Koonce

Photo: Josh Koonce

In the wake of a study by the ACLU showing that Chicago police stop and frisk more people, particularly African American men, than any other city, six men have filed suit against the department.

Aaron Cynic writes at Chicagoist:

Six African American men from the South and West sides have filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department over its “stop and frisk” procedures. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the men by the law firm Romanucci & Blandi against the City, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and 14 unnamed officers, alleges CPD’s practices have violated their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and calls for a class-wide judgement declaring it unconstitutional. The firm is also calling for others who believe their rights have been violated to come forward.

The suit comes after a March ACLU report revealed that Chicago Police lead the nation in stop and frisk procedures, four times that of New York City, which recently saw rulings to curb the practice. More than 70 percent of stops targeted African Americans and the majority of them happen in neighborhoods of color.

“We in Chicago have been victims of a serious problem of racial profiling and being mistreated,” said Rev. Paul Jakes, pastor of the New Tabernacle of Faith M.B. Church at a press conference. Jakes told WGN he’s also sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Chicago Police. “We are hopeful that the complaint we’ve filed on behalf of racial minority residents of Chicago will resonate with the City of Chicago’s and the CPD’s leadership,” said Anthony Romanucci, a lead attorney at the firm. “We strongly encourage the CPD to seriously consider the recommendations of the Illinois ACLU to institute policy changes to discourage the unlawful use of stop and frisk against its citizens.”

Read the full post at Chicagoist.