Chicago jail system chief releases footage showing cops abusing inmates
The sheriff who runs the jail system in Chicago on Friday released videos showing cases of excessive force against inmates.
“The public has a right to know when officers abuse the public trust as well as the ramifications of that abuse,” Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said in a statement. “Transparency is critical to ensuring law enforcement accountability.”
The video release comes as the third-biggest U.S. city’s police department faces a federal investigation and racism accusations over the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired his police commissioner in 2015 after protests following the release of a video showing a Chicago police officer shooting McDonald 16 times.
The McDonald video was released more than a year after the October 2014 shooting, sparking a round of protests late last year.
The Cook County jail videos document six cases on which the Sheriff’s Merit Board made rulings. The board is a civilian body that makes the final judgment whenever the Sheriff’s Office recommends firings or long-term suspensions for officers. Earlier this year, Dart posted rulings from the Merit Board on the sheriff’s website.
Cook County recently paid more than $10 million to install more than 2,400 cameras throughout its jail complex.
(Reporting by Mark Weinraub; Editing by Matthew Lewis)