Jeff Sessions and the police union doing CPD and Chicago no favors on reforms

An old-school Chicago newspaper photographer who retired decades ago once told us how he worked with the cops to get mugshots of crime suspects.

An officer would parade the alleged perpetrator through the police station on a “perp walk” and the photographer would snap away. If the perp lowered his head, making for a bad photo, the cop would punch him in the gut. The perp would snap to stunned attention.


Newspapers don’t do that sort of thing anymore, thank God, and cops couldn’t get away with it. Times have changed for the better, with a greater social consensus that cops must respect civil liberties, and there are security cameras everywhere, even in police stations.

Today, the perp would sue — and win.

We tell this story to illustrate a point. Reform of the Chicago…

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