“Judge dismisses police deployment suit” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on October 10, 2012

Jeremy Gorner — October 10, 2012: “A Cook County judge has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit that alleged inequalities in how Chicago police deploy officers in predominantly black and Hispanic communities.

In a 10-page ruling last week, Judge Neil Cohen ruled that the court does not have the authority or expertise to decide where the police department should place its cops, saying it would amount to “judicial interference” in policy decisions that are the responsibility of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Council.

“This is the stuff of law enforcement theory and political policy-making, not (legal) adjudication,” Cohen wrote.

The suit was based on news reports that found police districts that cover minority neighborhoods had disproportionately fewer officers than those covering white neighborhoods, as measured by response times to emergency calls and rates of serious violent crime………………………..”

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