A small group of Chicago police officers have amassed more than 100 complaints each over their careers, including notoriously corrupt cops who wound up in prison and others whose allegations of repeated wrongdoing were never before made public, a Chicago Tribune analysis of five decades of complaint records shows. Of the more than 125,000 complaints filed against officers, nearly 90 percent were determined to be false or lacking sufficient evidence. The Tribune said its analysis of thousands of pages of internal police records handed over by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration after a two-year court fight offers an unprecedented look at complaints against police dating to 1967, making it possible for the first time to identify officers with a long history of complaints.
The data include complaints filed against 25,000 police officers, including current and former members of the force. Seven officers in that time period racked up more than 100 complaints each, while an additional 62 officers amassed at least 70 complaints. “Most Chicago police officers don’t get more than five (complaints) in an entire career,” said attorney Jon Loevy. “If the Police Department is truly interested in identifying the problem officers, then the clusters of complaints seem to be the obvious place to look.”