Despite the cries of many concerned activists, police officers do in fact face consequences for their actions. If you want proof, just consider a recent action taken by the Chicago Police Department, which suspended a police officer after numerous questions were raised about his conduct. It seems clear that authorities are more than capable of launching their own internal investigations and holding officers accountable when necessary. 


If you have been the victim of police brutality in Illinois, you can confidently move forward and pursue justice. Even though the CPD is generally quite good at holding its officers accountable, you can also press the issue with the help of a qualified, experienced attorney. These legal experts can help you file a lawsuit against negligent police officers who may have engaged in police brutality. 


Police Officer Allegedly Has Ties to Far-Right Group


In June of 2021, it was reported that a police officer employed by the CPD had been suspended pending an investigation launched due to his political leanings. The officer reportedly had ties to the Proud Boys, which is a group that is associated with far-right ideologies. He allegedly also faced additional investigations over apparent sexual abuse accusations. According to the reports, the officer had been communicating with members of the Proud Boys online, and some of his messages in a chat group had been made public. 


There Are Similar Reports Across the World


It’s important to note that this isn’t just an isolated incident. Similar stories are emerging not only across the United States, but also across the entire globe. In 2021, several German police officers were linked to far-right chat groups. Also in 2021, a police officer in London, England was linked to a neo-Nazi group and was put in prison for four years. In 2020, an FBI agent went on record and stated that there were documented links between police officers and “racist militant groups” throughout the nation. 


A Police Officer’s Freedom of Expression


With all that said, we should remember that police officers have the same right to free speech as any other citizen of the United States. People should not be discriminated against for holding certain political views, even if those views are not popular. Indeed, a person’s right to free speech should be protected especially if their views are unpopular. If a police officer hasn’t actually committed a crime and is merely guilty of having unpopular political views, we have to ask ourselves whether it’s actually constitutional to charge them with a crime or fire them. 


Reach Out to a Qualified Attorney Today


While it’s encouraging to see that the Chicago Police Department is taking action against officers who may have engaged in misconduct, it’s also important to realize that these investigations don’t really provide victims with much closure. They certainly don’t provide victims with compensation. In order to receive a settlement for your damages, you need to get in touch with an attorney who specializes in police brutality lawsuits. Enlist the help of a qualified legal expert today, and you can receive compensation for medical expenses, missed wages, and other damages that you might have incurred due to police brutality.