Friday, November 06, 2015

SILENCE! Eleven Cops Suspended For Viewing Emanuel Robbery Report—So We're Publishing It

Eleven Chicago cops have received one-day suspensions and disciplinary action for accessing the police report that documents the robbery of mayor Rahm Emanuel's son last December, the Sun-Times reports today.

Police reports are public records that virtually anyone can review, given a few modest redactions. In fact, we've decided to publish the Emanuel robbery report right now (click to enlarge):

Whoop. Tee. Doo.

Oh, sure. There's plenty of stuff in this report that certain people may not like the public to see. Like the special treatment that the mayoral son received. But giving cops the shaft for reading something that they could legally acquire as easily as we did?

A police spokesman told the Sun-Times yesterday that the officers are being punished for “inappropriately access[ing] police reports."

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