One of the world's oldest modern police forces may be worse than the criminals...
Chicago police are accused of beating the confessions out of suspects and use of excessive force. Not to mention special operations officer, Jerome Finnigan, who allegedly planned a murder hit on a fellow officer.
But who are these officers? Wouldn't the public benefit from knowing who is corrupt, of whom to be afraid when police "respond" to misdemeanor theft?
City hall makes no bones about keeping the names of such officers secret, crossing out several names on an Office of Professional Standards complaint list to Ald. Toni Preckwinkle.
The city seems to think that the July order by U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow to release the list doesn't preclude keeping some of the names secret.
However, the decision was intent on making the list publicly available.
This secrecy amidst Mayor Richard Daley's announced "reforms" to make the OPS more "transparent."
The public has a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent, especially if it might be used to pay the salary of thugs.