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Community groups want Chicago police to clean up their act

We can find case after case of police brutality in Chicago's law enforcement records and judicial proceedings. Perhaps your experience was similar to one victim who claims two officers slammed her against a building, pulled her hair and pushed her to the ground.

Multiple community groups have made it clear that enough is enough. The groups, which include Black Lives Matter, initiated a lawsuit last week, claiming that more federal oversight is required to ensure that the Chicago Police Department complies with reforms designed to curb police abuses.

Black drivers twice as likely to be shot after a traffic violation

The movement to protect black citizens from police brutality has been notable. While African-Americans have long protested against instances of police brutality, it hasn't been until the rise in smartphones and videos posted online to Youtube and Facebook that other communities across of America have become aware of the issue.

Chicagoans are not likely surprised by the above statistic, compiled by the Tampa Bay Times, which analyzed police shootings in Florida from 2009 through 2014. Comprehensive reporting on this issue is difficult, and usually involves anecdotal stories that often capture the attention of the nation for a few days or weeks after the shooting.

Wanted: Police for the police

Poll shows public wants independent investigations of police shootings

The spotlight will continue to shine on police misconduct in 2017. That is reflected in a recent Cato Institute poll that shows nearly 80 percent of the American public is in favor of having a neutral third party investigate police shootings and suspected cases of police brutality.

Currently, police keep investigations of police shootings internal. This has led to widespread criticisms of police cover-ups and failing to provide the public with information about fatal shootings.

JUL. 30 - E&O GET $600,000 SETTLEMENT FOR CLIENT MARIA MUNOZ

July 30, 2014 - The Chicago City Council approved a $600,000.00 settlement with Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. client Maria Munoz yesterday. Munoz was injured when Chicago Police Officer Joseph Treacy "t-boned" her car while conducting a "reckless" high-speed chase of a non-violent, attempt-theft suspect, in an unmarked squad, "without his lights and sirens." The 'black box' recovered from Treacy's squad car showed Officer Treacy was traveling at speeds in excess of 98 miles per hour during the pursuit. Munoz was the passenger in a car traveling in the opposite direction when Officer Treacy followed the suspects car across the center line and into on-coming traffic. 

ERICKSON & OPPENHEIMER, LTD. HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN TO TAKE OVER THE DEFENSE OF ALLEGED MAJOR GUN RUNNER BECAUSE PREVIOUS ATTORNEY UNDER FEDERAL INVESTIGATION.

Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. has been brought in to take over the defense of alleged major gun runner because previous attorney under federal investigation. Article on the federal investigation: http://chicago.suntimes.com/uncategorized/7/71/199018/rising-star-chicago-defense-attorney-target-of-criminal-probe/#.U-boQvldXT8 

ERICKSON & OPPENHEIMER, LTD HAS BEEN RETAINED TO REPRESENT MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO RUN OVER OFF-DUTY COP IN JEWEL PARKING LOT.

Erickson and Oppenheimer retained to represent man accused of trying to run over off-duty cop in Jewel parking lot. Click here for more on this case.

ERICKSON & OPPENHEIMER, LTD. FILES FEDERAL WRONGFUL DEATH AND EXCESSIVE FORCE LAWSUIT IN CHICAGO POLICE SHOOTING.

Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. files federal wrongful death and excessive force lawsuit in Chicago Police shooting. An autopsy found that Johnson died of multiple gunshot wounds, including to the back of his head, and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. 

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