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#598 Online: The Police Department for Fired Cops

Livestream @ 7pm Civic Hacking @ 8pm

The Illinois Answers Project found that 17% of all police officers hired by the Robbins Police Department since 2000 came on board directly after they were fired from previous law enforcement jobs, the most of any department in Illinois.

Those hires include two cops who lied about what they saw the night Laquan McDonald was murdered, an commanding officer who came to the department after getting fired for having sex inside his squad car, and an officer who was fired for using his police chief’s forged signature in a vacation request.

Illinois Answers made the determination after performing an analysis of state law enforcement data that tracks the work history of each police officer in Illinois. Further reporting showed that these “wandering officers” frequently surface in poor towns that can’t afford to pay the wages that would attract better candidates.

The investigation includes a database that shows the fired cops and the departments that subsequently hired them.

6:30pm: ChiCommons/Chi Hack Night Pre-Party
Socialize, touch base, and share what you plan on doing at Chi Hack Night

7:00pm - Livestream presentation
Announcements and feature presentation with Q&A

8:00pm - Civic hacking
3-word intros, community announcements & breakout group pitches

As always, our Code of Conduct will be in effect for this event.


Casey Toner, He/His, investigative reporter

7:00pm Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Chi Hack Night YouTube Livestream