Of the more than 1,100 cases the city settled since 2009, just 5 percent were for more than $1 million.... [The rest still] cost the city millions of dollars.... A vast majority, 85 percent, were settled for $100,000 or less, which meant the deals did not require City Council approval. And Chicago officers accused of misconduct are rarely disciplined.Of course there are many unfounded complaints. Just as there are many BS lawsuits filed for a quick monetary settlement. I know that. But just like a criminal arrest 20 times -- God only knows how many crimes he committed without getting caught -- a cop with 57 complaints? God only knows how much shit you really did. Not every mope complains.
While many officers as well as police union officials attribute claims of misconduct to the rough and tumble of working in crime-ridden neighborhoods, complaints against Campbell, Sautkus and their colleagues have often occurred while the group patrolled relatively low-crime areas, focused on quality-of-life issues.How the hell does one officer get sued (with payout) seven times in seven years and average about 6 complaints a year? Good God. Hundreds of awards. As long as he kept finding the drugs, he gets awards. Doesn't anybody look for red flags?
The three officers have earned hundreds of awards and commendations from the department for their work. They've also racked up 16 lawsuit settlements since 2009 among them and two other officers who also live in the neighborhood... The city paid $1.5 million to settle those cases.
I can't help but think of my friend and squadmate who retired as a noble patrol officer after 33(!) years on the mean streets of Baltimore. He once confided in me, half gleefully and half sheepishly, that he hadn't received a single serious complaint in his entire career. Now mind you, in his 30th year, he wasn't exactly setting the curve in number of arrests. But he did his job and did it well. His secret? He was a good cop. He didn't take shit, but he also treated everybody with respect, even those who didn't deserve it.