Chicago Police kept secret dossiers on public speakers

Number 28538
Subject Police
Source Chicago Tribune
State
Year 2019
Publication Date July — November 2019
Summary Tribune reporters discovered that Chicago Police were running secret background checks on public speakers at the police board’s monthly disciplinary meetings. Speakers included men and women whose loved ones had been killed by police, attorneys, activists, a religious leader, and even cops themselves. The police department secretly created profiles on more than 300 different speakers, potentially violating a court decree meant to prevent police spying on First Amendment activities. The Tribune also discovered a major discrepancy in how long police ran the secret checks, leading Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to order an inspector general investigation into the matter.
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Keywords Chicago Tribune, Chicago, police, public speakers, board, activists, public records, profiles, First Amendment, spying
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