Michael Barnes reports:
On Tuesday, the City of Chicago agreed to settle a claim by the Quaker-based American Friends Service Committee that accused the Chicago Police Department of overstepping its bounds and damaging the reputation of their group.
The AFSC was one of several groups investigated by the police department prior to the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) in 2002. The major business meeting had spurred protests in other regions around the country. The Daley Administration was determined that there be no unrest in Chicago, much like his father had used the now-disbanded Chicago Police Red Squad against protesters in 1968.
ACLU legal director Harvey Grossman urged mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and his as-yet-undetermined police superintendent to replace the current standard of a ‘legitimate law enforcement purpose’, which can be construed as anything, with the 4th Amendment Constitutional guideline of ‘reasonable suspicion.’
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