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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Chicago. Chicago's police department will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years, Johnson announced Wednesday, saying it'll help the city deal with a dramatic increase in shootings and homicides. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

In Chicago, less than one percent of officers with valid complaints are fired


Some Chicago police officers had more than 100 complaints filed against them, but hardly any of the complaints where wrongdoing was found led to an officer's firing, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A total of 62 officers had 70 complaints or more. Nearly 90 percent of all 125,000 complaints made between 1967 and 2014 were found to be false or lacking evidence. Of the remainder, less than one percent led to a firing.

Chicago had a particularly bloody 2016, with 500 murders after Labor Day weekend. The city called for nearly 1,000 more officers last month. It already boasts 12,500, making it the second-biggest U.S. police force after New York City.

A Chicago Police Department spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the Tribune's findings.

Nearly half of the officers in the Tribune's survey had five complaints or fewer. The officer with the most complaints, Jerome Finnigan, had 157. He is now in federal prison.

If the Police Department is truly interested in identifying the problem officers, then the clusters of complaints seem to be the obvious place...
Jon Loevy, attorney, to the Tribune

Some civil rights attorneys were shocked by the number of complaints.

What does Chicago need to reduce complaints?

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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