Study: Brutal, Corrupt Police Patrol Black, Latino Neighborhoods


A statistical study by a University of Chicago law professor indicates police officers most often accused of brutality and corruption work in groups that patrol mostly low-income Black and Latino neighborhoods.

Craig Futterman said Wednesday the concentration of problem police officers in low-income neighborhoods should make it easy for Chicago officials to root out them out, if the city really wanted to.

Futterman also says the concentration of brutal and corrupt police officers in certain communities causes residents of those areas to believe brutality and corruption is the norm for the police department.

According to Futterman, more than 20 percent of the officers who were assigned to patrol public housing neighborhoods on the city’s South Side had more than 10 complaints from May 2001 to 2006.

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