Police corruption divides candidates in domestic abuse debate
by Erica L. Green
Jan 16, 2008
Racial profiling, police intimidation and surface-level investigations by the police department are primary obstacles in domestic abuse prosecutions, according to some Cook County state's attorney candidates.
In a forum sponsored by the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network Tuesday, candidates tried to explain dwindling numbers of domestic abuse prosecutions, to which some attributed to an intimidating front line.
“The problem is trust,” Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) told a crowd of law students and domestic abuse advocates at a candidates forum at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. “The problem is that the first responder is the police and people have an inherent distrust of police.”
Nice try Howard. The forum was about dwindling prosecutions not arrest. The ineptness of the CCSA is widespread. As usual Howard rather blame the police then assign any responsibility to the judges, prosecutors and uncooperative victims.
Be aware of this hack too. Larry Suffredin is no friend of the police.
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said that one of the crisis of the criminal justice system is the belief that the state’s attorney’s office is an extension of the police department.
He contended that instead, police departments need to be audited more aggressively, confronted when their tactics are crossing the line with victims, and officers should be indicted when victim complaints are found to be true.
The reporter for Medill, Erica Green, does some real digging.
Brookins’ ward police responded to 42 reports of domestic abuse in an 8-day time span, between Jan. 1 and Jan. 9. Only seven arrests were made.
Did Ms. Green ever think to ask someone from the police department how that could possibly be? Here are a few points to consider Ms. Green.
1) How many of the 42 calls did a victim actually allege violence or the threat of violence? Does that term "domestic abuse" include domestic disturbance calls? There is no crime when two "adults" have a argument.
2) Of the calls that violence or the threat of violence is alleged, how many case reports were generated? I would be willing to bet 100%. How many of the victims were advised warrant and order of protection procedures? I would be willing to bet 100%. How many of the victims were given domestic violence information sheets? I would be willing to bet 100%.
3) In cases where the victim alleged violence or the threat of violence, how many times was the offender on scene upon police arrival? I bet At least 7 times and if there were more then the victim more then likely refused to sign complaints.