Chicago Mayor Richard Daley defended the Chicago Police Department and its troubled Special Operations Section after revelations that officers in the unit have been the subject of hundreds of citizen complaints, says the Chicago Tribune. “We have a very good police department,” Daley said. “You cannot say there are a few bad apples and write them off just like the media does.
The Special Operations Section works in the city’s toughest neighborhoods, dealing with gang members, drug dealers, and weapons offenses. “We have seized more guns–12,000 and 15,000 guns,” the mayor said. “If you want them to stop seizing guns, then write an editorial.” The Tribune, which obtained a list of complaints against officers departmentwide over the last five years, reported that 30 officers from the section have been subjects of a total of 862 allegations of brutality and other wrongdoing. The list showed that the 10 officers with the most complaints in Special Operations had a total of 408 lodged against them. Of those complaints, only three were sustained by the Office of Professional Standards, and just one resulted in a suspension.