Black Police Officers Are Twice as Likely to be Punished by Their Department

If you want to get away with misconduct as a member of law enforcement, it is best to be a white cop in the Chicago police Department.

This is because, at a time when police brutality is top of mind for most Americans and the Black Lives Matter campaign is gaining strong foothold, African-American officers are twice as likely to be punished by Chicago authorities.

The overall data for disciplinary action against police officers is abysmal to start with.



Less than three in 100 cases of misconduct complaints result in some form of penalty for cops.

A Chicago-based journalism organization, Invisible Institute, carried out the Citizens Police Data Project which looked at 56,361 cases of police misconduct.

The details for these had been released to the public last year following a court decision.


The information revealed is shocking.

Around 8,559 police officers faced civilian complaints between two sets of time periods.

The first phase was a six-year window between 2002 and 2008 and the second one, a four-year period between March 2011 and March 2015.

The investigation found that nine in 10 allegations were dismissed. Of those that resulted in disciplinary action, most officers received less than a week of suspension.

Complaints related to the First Amendment or illegal arrests were most common.

There were a whopping 13,000 cases filed under this category and nearly four in 10 of these were found to be genuine.



One in 10 of all the officers employed by the Chicago police Department, has more than 10 complaints against them – it is four times as likely that there is a misconduct issue also included in this list.

Shockingly, this group rarely find themselves being penalized.

As for black officers, they are found excessively guilty of wrongdoing and are much more likely to suffer higher disciplinary action.

In fact, for African-American officers who have carried out some form of misconduct,it is twice as likely that they will be punished compared to their white counterparts.

Founder of the invisible Institute Jamie Kalven pointed out that the process of handling grievances against police officers is failing.

He had to sue in court for the information.

“Complaints are not being properly addressed, and until now, the public hasn’t been given the department’s own evidence of that,” he remarked.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says things are on the mend.




“The Department has implemented early warning systems to help identify potential concerns with officers’ actions and arrange for the appropriate training, when applicable,” he said.

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