1 DePaul J. Soc. Just. 251 (2007-2008)
The Use of Statistical Evidence to Address Police Supervisory and Disciplinary Practices: The Chicago Police Department's Broken System

handle is hein.journals/depjsj1 and id is 255 raw text is: THE USE OF STATISTICAL EVIDENCE TO
ADDRESS POLICE SUPERVISORY AND
DISCIPLINARY PRACTICES: THE CHICAGO
POLICE DEPARTMENT'S BROKEN SYSTEM
CRAIG B. FUTrERMAN, H. MELISSA MATHER
AND MELANIE MILES*
INTRODUCTION
In 2003 and 2004, Diane, a 50-year-old African American
school janitor and mother of three, was subjected to multiple acts
of abuse by a group of Chicago police officers. These officers
were members of an elite tactical team that patrolled public hous-
ing on Chicago's South Side. Known to local residents as the
Skullcap Crew, they had a reputation for racist and sadistic be-
havior. Over the course of a year, they targeted Diane for abuse.
* Craig B. Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law
School; B.A., Northwestern University, 1988; J.D., Stanford Law School,
2001. H. Melissa Mather, Former Clinical lecturer at the University of Chi-
cago, 2005-07, The Law Offices of H. Melissa Mather, Austin, Texas; B.A.,
University of Virginia, 1994; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1997.
Melanie Miles, Associate at Schwartz Cooper Chartered, Chicago, Illinois;
B.A., Duke University, 2004; J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2007.
The authors worked together with a team of University of Chicago Law stu-
dents to represent Diane Bond in her constitutional challenge of the City of
Chicago's practices for supervising and controlling its rogue police officers.
The authors wish to acknowledge Diane for her courage in her efforts to
prevent other women from suffering similar abuse at the hands of law en-
forcement. The authors also wish to thank Jamie Kalven (our partner on the
ground), the entire Stateway community (which generously welcomed us and
provided the true knowledge and inspiration for this article), Steve Whitman
and Jade Dell (our mathematical guides), Emma Rodriguez-Ayala, a dedi-
cated team of University of Chicago Law students (now graduates) (you
know who you are) and G. Flint Taylor (who paved the way for Monell police
reform litigation).

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