Chicago police use ‘cover charges’ to justify excessive force
Chicago Reporter
October 23, 2018

“A Chicago Reporter investigation has found a troubling pattern of Chicago police officers charging people they’ve assaulted with aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, or resisting arrest. Defense attorneys call these “cover charges” and say it’s a way to cover up bad behavior or justify their excessive use of force. Two out of every three times a CPD officer reported using force since 2004, they arrested the subject on one of these charges.”

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