A Chicago activist group has launched one of the nation’s first comprehensive, searchable databases of local police misconduct allegations in what could be a model for other cities struggling with out-of-control law enforcement.
Though the Eric Garner and Freddie Gray cases have made police violence the center of a national discussion about race, there’s little evidence police are increasingly violent. It’s just that, as The New York Times reports, a cop is now less likely to be shielded from the press after a shooting. The Chicago Justice Project, which designed the new database, calls it an effort to break the “blue code of silence” that has increased public suspicion of officers and limited dialogue between communities and police. Using Chicago P.D. records the site allows you to search cases, outcomes, and see the voting records of Chicago Police Board members.