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Records of police complaints to remain secret

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Records of complaints made against Chicago Police officers will remain secret for now.

The records include a list of 662 officers. Those are police officers who had more than 10 civilian complaints lodged against them between 2001 and 2006.

Last week, a federal judge ordered the records be made public. But Monday an appeals court granted Chicago's emergency motion to delay the release. That drew criticism Tuesday from a lawyer representing a writer who wants the documents released.

"These officers committed crimes essentially, like what we've seen recently in those off-duty bar beatings, allegations of violence and other criminal acts in the department over and over and over again exonerates them. That's the data that the police department's fighting so hard to keep secret," said Jon Loevy, Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law.

Mayor Daley said his office cannot release the records because of a collective bargaining agreement with the police union.

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