Another week in Chicago, another $6 million payout to victims of police abuse.
What budget bucket do these payouts come from?
The City Council’s Finance Committee approved a $6.5 million payout Monday. Of that payout, $5 million went to the family of Philip Coleman, who was Tasered in his cell 16 times in 2012 by police officers and then dragged down the hallway. Coleman eventually died.
Surveillance video of the incident was released soon after the Laquan McDonald case and the Independent Police Review Authority only recently opened an investigation. Police officers were reassigned but still working.
Another $1.5 million went to the family of an asthmatic who died in police custody when police refused to give him his inhaler. In this case the officers are still on the street. Patton says the constant hemorrhaging of money will start to subside as new disciplinary and training procedures take hold.
One alderman says the problem is the lack of training.
I can’t see how this is a training issue.
“Okay class. Rule number one: When you see a prisoner suffocating from an asthma attack, don’t deny them their inhaler. Rule number two: Don’t use a taser on a prisoner 16 times and then drag the prisoner down the hallway. Repeat after me: Don’t. . .”
Not even a great Powerpoint will solve this.
Alderman say they are frustrated that cops are costing the city millions of dollars in penalties on a nearly weekly basis – penalties that total more than the public school budget deficit – while the same cops who do the deed are still on the streets.
The Alderman are frustrated?
Imagine how those on the street feel.
What is the City Council’s solution? They will agree with the Mayor to change the rules and approve his choice of the guy as the new superintendent who has been in charge of these same cops for years.