By: Frank Main, Mick Dumke and Tim Novak, Chicago Sun Times, CHICAGO 10/12 – Chicago Police officers faced nearly 135,000 complaints over a 34-year period but less than 1 percent of those cases resulted in a firing, according to a trove of records Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration released Wednesday under a court order…
The analysis of the spreadsheet covering the complaints filed between 1967 and 2001 showed:
• There were 134,683 records of complaints against 18,907 officers. It appears some complaints might have been listed twice.
• In 87 percent of the complaints, 116,901 of them, no action was taken.
• Action was taken in 17,783 other complaints — about 13 percent of the total — ranging from reprimands and suspensions to firings.
• Two officers accumulated more than 100 complaints each.
• Just 553 complaints ended in a firing, or “separation.” That’s 0.4 percent of the total complaints filed.