Only 2% of black Chicagoan' allegations of police misconduct were sustained

Analyzing the data on 10,077 citizen complaints lodged against the Chicago Police Department between 2011 and 2014, a pair of New York University researchers has found that just 2 percent of allegations made by black Chicagoans resulted in a recommendation for sanction against an officer, compared to 20 percent for white complainants and 7 percent for Latino complainants.

The study by Jacob W. Faber, assistant professor at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Jessica Kalbfeld, in NYU's Sociology Department, underscores the impact and implications of racial distrust in a highly segregated city.

"We have shown that not only are officers rarely disciplined for alleged misconduct, but that there are significant racial disparities in the outcomes of a process ostensibly designed to provide accountability in a highly segregated city," writes Faber and Kalbfeld in the article for the June issue of City and Community, a journal of the American Sociological Association.

"Although we are unable to prove explicit racial discrimination, the inequalities created and/or perpetuated by this process are still of great import to the policed communities, the CPD [Chicago Police Department] and criminologists. Perceptions about (or the reality of) the unfairness of the disciplinary process may reduce trust in and exacerbate tensions between communities of color and the police," the authors wrote.

The paper also shows that racial disparities in the adjudication of citizen allegations of misconduct are further shaped by the race of the officer involved and neighborhood context: incidents alleged by white citizens in high-crime and predominantly are more likely to result in a recommendation that the officer be punished, as are incidents involving a black officer.

The paper is titled "Complaining While Black: Racial Disparities in the Adjudication of Complaints Against Police."


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Jun 07, 2019
It is funny (or sad?) that they expect something else from the most racist country in the world.

USA knows only hatred, racism, smear techniques, lying, lying, lying, lying and more lying.

Jun 07, 2019
USA knows only hatred, racism, smear techniques, lying, lying, lying, lying and more lying.


Opps, you forgot one thing! USA knows it's citizens are better off that 93% of the rest of the world. Why do you think the majority of the world's citizens want to come here despite your racist statements?

Jun 07, 2019
The most racist country in the world is China.

You mistake the loud shouters for the mainstream. It's our custom to allow them to speak. It's called Free Speech. There are plenty of loud shouters who are anti-racists, and the rightwingnuts always try to make them out to be terrorists.

Jun 07, 2019
USA knows only hatred, racism, smear techniques, lying, lying, lying, lying and more lying.


You obviously don't understand groups of people or the U.S. Yes, we do have some people here with all those faults and more (self-delusion, corruption, etc.). However, outside of Trump and the corrupt Republican Party, many folks here are surprisingly enlightened. Don't forget it wasn't all that long ago that we elected Barack Obama to two terms as President and I am hopeful we will be rid of Trump after the next election.

Jun 07, 2019
". However, outside of Trump and the corrupt Republican Party, many folks here are surprisingly enlightened."

What a biased statement! All of the major cities in the US with the highest crime rates and highest poverty levels have been controlled by Democrats for decades. Poverty and ignorance is a BIG business for Democrats and that is why the problem never gets fixed.

Jun 07, 2019
How you gonna fix it, @MR? Shoot all the black people?

Jun 07, 2019
Trump and the corrupt Republican Party


You sounded credible until you injected your personal agenda(propaganda) into your comment. Now you come across as nothing but a two bit whining salesman who can't be taken seriously.

Jun 07, 2019
"How you gonna fix it, @MR? Shoot all the black people? "

Hummm, that was your first thought eh! I ask you who is the angry raciest you or me.

The solution is to help people fix their culture not more handouts. Teach them to stop blaming others for their problems as the liberals are prone to do.

Jun 07, 2019
No one hurt the Black community more than President Johnston. The "Great Society" decimated the black family structure by making welfare available to single mothers. The father was removed from the family unit and the culture crashed and burned.

Jun 07, 2019
You sounded credible until you injected your personal agenda(propaganda) into your comment.


Facts are facts, and right now it is Trump and Republican Party that typifies "hatred, racism, smear techniques, lying, lying, lying, lying and more lying." For example, Trump has proven himself to be a compulsive liar. If you don't see that, you need to quite giving him a pass on everything he says and actually take a hard look.

Jun 07, 2019
MT you could be the poster child for Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Jun 07, 2019
MR166, you could be a poster child for trolls. Oh wait, you are a troll.

Jun 07, 2019
Facts are facts, and right now it is Trump and Republican Party that typifies "hatred, racism, smear techniques, lying, lying, lying, lying and more lying." For example, Trump has proven himself to be a compulsive liar. If you don't see that, you need to quite giving him a pass on everything he says and actually take a hard look.

Once again
You sounded credible until you injected your personal agenda(propaganda) into your comment. Now you come across as nothing but a two bit whining salesman who can't be taken seriously.

Only a saint like you can throw the first stone about lying. Almost seems like EVERYBODY lies about different things. Except you of course.

Jun 07, 2019
Nothing you assert about me (true or false) changes the fact that Trump is a proven compulsive liar, period.

Jun 07, 2019
Perhaps we shouldn't allow the police of Chicago to investigate themselves? This is after all the city that has an off the books beating and killing site where hundreds of people have entered and never been heard from again.

Jun 07, 2019
Nothing you assert about me (true or false) changes the fact that Trump is a proven compulsive liar, period.


I realize my last comment went right over your head.
You and I and everyone else ARE liars. To point at anyone or any politician and call them a liar is really idiotic, of course they are. And so are we. So I disregard their/your statements when they call anyone a lier.

Jun 07, 2019
Perhaps we shouldn't allow the police of Chicago to investigate themselves? This is after all the city that has an off the books beating and killing site where hundreds of people have entered and never been heard from again.


Not hundreds or even thousands but millions or billions. :-)
A little/lot of fake news never hurt anyone.

Jun 08, 2019
Cop body cams have had the opposite effect to what the liberals who forced it on them though. It's shown that they are mostly honest workers and the scum they have to deal with takes a incredible amount of restraint.

Jun 08, 2019
No, actually body cams have had the exact effect they're intended to: restraining the worst of the bad actors among the police. And the effect will increase.

Jun 08, 2019
Very few of the publicized claims against the police turn out to be true. Also when one is dealing with a person on drugs or alcohol they can be quite aggressive and a show of force is needed in order to keep the situation from escalating. BTW I have seen the videos of cops beating handcuffed prisoners and feel that they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. There is no excuse for this.

Jun 09, 2019
I disregard their/your statements when they call anyone a lier.


rderkis, both your facts and your pathetic logic are completely wrong. You could excuse any kind of awful behavior with that kind of mumbo jumbo.

Jun 09, 2019
I disregard their/your statements when they call anyone a lier.


rderkis, both your facts and your pathetic logic are completely wrong. You could excuse any kind of awful behavior with that kind of mumbo jumbo.


So you are denying you ever tell lies?
You are so full of BS it is laughable.

Jun 09, 2019
In this thread: Conservatives call liberals racist, insist that black people are ten times as likely as white people to lie.

Jun 09, 2019
In this thread: Conservatives call liberals racist, insist that black people are ten times as likely as white people to lie.

Typical slander. Based on hate not facts.

Jun 09, 2019
"In this thread: Conservatives call liberals racist, insist that black people are ten times as likely as white people to lie."

Bert do you mean as in "Hands up Don't shoot"?

Jun 09, 2019
In this thread: Conservatives call liberals racist, insist that black people are ten times as likely as white people to lie.

Typical slander. Based on hate not facts.
Actually from this article it appears the po-lice claim it's more like 50 times as likely.

But don't let the facts get you down, @r-dick-us.

Jun 09, 2019
It's becoming increasingly clear that every interaction between police and the public needs to be on video and every time the video isn't available the presumption needs to be the police destroyed it in order to avoid being incriminated. The good police just push the button; the bad ones get eroded out of the force and can't get a job. That's the way to deal with this.

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