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Chicago Corrections Officers See Racial Bias Lawsuit Narrowed

July 26, 2021, 7:08 PM

Four Black corrections officers, who allege the Cook County sheriff’s office subjected them to harsher scrutiny than White officers when accused of violating use-of-force policies, saw some of their claims dismissed by a federal court in Illinois, at least for now.

The plaintiffs said they only used force on detainees in the Cook County Department of Corrections in self-defense and consistent with the sheriff’s use-of-force policy. They are or were suspended without pay pending termination proceedings before the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board.

The plaintiffs alleged that White officers are given lesser or no discipline for using similar or more ...

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