Like many of you, I was upset and saddened by the lack of indictment for the officers who beat and killed Jim Chasse. I wondered about other cities and other incidents of police abuse, so Googled for information. One article I found came from Cicero, Illinois where three officers actually have been indicted. They had already shown a pattern of abuse, the city having settled claims with citizens injured by these officers. The indictments came after allegations concerning a man they beat during a traffic stop. They broke his nose and then beat the man again at the police station. They then told the victim to wipe up the blood with his own shirt.
In a second incident, a woman was pulled over on a traffic stop. They began beating her and then noticed a man passing by making a video tape of their actions and ended up pulling him over too and beating him, ruining his camera. All of this was reported in the Chicago Tribune by Jeff Coen and Sara Olkon. Here is the link to their article link to www.chicagotribune.com
The lack of an indictment in the Chasse case has upset a lot of people. Many of them did not know until now that the Grand Jury always vindicates the police officers in this state. Perhaps they did not hear about the Fouad Kaady case. Maybe they are not aware that the officers who killed Jose Mejia Poot were given awards. How many of these killings are going to happen before the citizens call for change! Maybe the irresponsible killing of Jim Chasse and the lame excuse for it will finally make citizens understand that we are in serious trouble here.