CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)—December 1, 2014. Two men are set to release an exposé in Vice Magazine a year after quietly being pressed into settling a lawsuit with the City of Chicago stemming from a savage February 7, 2010 attack they suffered outside Arturo’s Taco, 2001 N. Western Ave.
The ~7,000 word piece details their assault and four-year struggle for justice following a brutal attack they alleged took place at the hands of plainclothes Chicago police officers, which went un-punished despite uniformed Chicago police arriving on the scene during the attack and proceeding to strike one of the men while prone and barely conscious. Instead, the uniformed officers failed to seek medical assistance, or file a police report. Uniformed Chicago Police officers simply let the plainclothes officers leave the scene unchecked, as confirmed by a surveillance video of the attack later obtained.
The suit filed by the two scholars alleged the incident was symptomatic of a longstanding culture in the Chicago Police Department that allows rogue cops to go unpunished.
The release of their story about their ordeal comes as the nation reels from the Ferguson grand jury decision and the resurfacing last month of perhaps the most sordid case of police misconduct in Chicago, when convicted former Police Commander Jon Burge was released from prison for lying about systematically torturing more than 100 African American into falsely confessing to crimes they did not commit.
“Amid the national discussion happening now in the aftermath of Ferguson, our story confirms that police misconduct is a national human rights issue that affects all Americans,” said one of the men. “We wanted to write our essay in part for anyone who remains on the fence around these issues, and to help support the national dialogue on policing by showing that urgent change is a matter of life and death.”
“We hope our story provides one more glaring reason why Chicagoans and Americans need policies around policing that are focused on eradicating instead of supporting the culture of violence our country continues to endure” the other man said. “The failures in our policing and importantly our legal systems only begin with the violent acts committed.”