Death behind bars

Number 16099
Subject Police
Source Chicago Reporter
State IL
Year 1999
Publication Date March 1999
Summary The Reporter's investigation shows "that between 1990 and 1998, 177 African Americans, 80 whites and one Asian died in police custody or in Cook County Jail. While deaths among whites remained constant, the number of blacks dying rose every year, as more succumbed to natural causes. And several of the deaths in custody may have been preventable, including some of the 78 homicides and suicides. In 14 incidents, death was related to the victims being restrained by police.... The investigation also revealed the Chicago police officers shot 71 people in 1998, the highest annual total in the decade."
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Keywords CAR; FOIA; racism; police shootings; brutality; misconduct; Jeremiah Mearday; Jorge Guillen; LaTanya Haggerty; Robert Russ; CPD; Chicago Police Department
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