Human Rights Watch: Police Accountability
In June of 1998, Human Rights Watch published a comprehensive report on police brutality and misconduct in 14 US cities, including Chicago. Research for the report was conducted between 1995 and 1998. The report's table of contents sets out what the report includes. The report contains both a general survey and discussion of police brutality in the United States, but also includes sections on the individual cities in the study. The report covers general causes of the problem, local remedies, and litigation strategies using §241 (criminal civil rights prosecutions) initiated by the government and §1983 actions initiated by private citizens. The report also includes a number of appendices that explore how brutality has been prosecuted by the government both in terms of the number of cases brought and the sentences handed down for convictions.