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Chicago Investigator Allegedly Fired For Not Writing Corrupt
Thu Jul 23, 2015 02:03

Chicago Investigator Allegedly Fired For Not Writing Corrupt Reports Clearing Cops
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By Nigel Boys
Lorenzo Davis, a supervising investigator for the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRS), which investigates complaints about police brutality in the Chicago Police Department, was reportedly fired this week because he wouldn’t change his findings.

The 65-year-old former Chicago police commander says he refused to change reports of police shootings to make CPD officers look to be justified in their actions and was terminated from his position and accused of “a clear bias against the police,” according to WBEZ. The report continues that IPRA staff was informed, in a July 9 email from their chief administrator, Scott M. Ando, that the agency no longer employed Davis.

Davis’ job performance had reportedly been evaluated by top IPRA officials less than two weeks ago. They reportedly called him “the only supervisor at IPRA who resists making requested changes as directed by management in order to reflect the correct finding with respect to OIS.” The agency uses OIS as the abbreviation for officer-involved shootings.

The IPRA further stated that since their creation in 2007, only one case of a civilian being shot by police was found to be unjustified out of a total number of almost 400 incidents.

“This is a personnel matter that would be inappropriate to address through the media, though the allegations are baseless and without merit,” a police spokesperson responded to WBEZ after Ando denied their requests for an interview on the matter. “IPRA is committed to conducting fair, unbiased, objective, thorough and timely investigations of allegations of police misconduct and officer-involved shootings.”

WBEZ reports however, that Davis has a completely different story to tell of the way police shooting are investigated and reported.

“I did not like the direction the police department had taken. It appeared that officers were doing whatever they wanted to do,” Davis told the media outlet. “The discipline was no longer there. If there are a few bad police officers who have committed some shootings that are unnecessary or bad then it erodes the public’s confidence in all the other police officers out there.”

Davis was described in his most recent evaluation as “clearly not a team player,” although he has a long record of accomplishments within the police department.

The Peoples Law Office reported in 2012 that there were 50 incidents involving police shootings that year, according to a release from the IPRA.

Fifty-seven people were injured as a result of those incidents and eight died from their injuries, the report continued. While only two of the 57 people injured were reported as being white, three being “White Hispanic” and two of an “unknown race,” the staggering number of blacks who were shot in the incidents totaled 50.

“In the United States, there is an abundance of evidence that shows police departments across the nation are racially profiling people of color with unjustified force being used against them,” writes “Some police departments cannot seem to be trusted to hold themselves accountable,” the report adds.

The Guardian reports that 14 people have been killed in the state of Illinois so far in 2015 and over 600 people have been killed in the U.S. by police.

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