The standard Chicago Police Department process of data collection during civilian stops and frisks will change to comply with a new state law, SB 1304, signed into law on August 12, 2015 and taking effect by January 2016.
Updates to policy in accordance with the SB 1304 include:
- Officers must document whether a stop resulted in a frisk and/or search and whether any contraband was found;
- Officers must issue receipts containing their name and badge number to anyone detained and either frisked and/or searched; and
- Stops resulting in tickets, summons, or arrests will be documented in the same centralized database as all other stops, finally making comparison and evaluation of efficacy possible.
In addition to the above changes that will impact all law enforcement agencies in the state, a new settlement between the ACLU of Illinois and the Chicago Police Department requires that stop and frisk data and training policies be submitted to the ACLU and a special monitor for review. The monitor, retired federal Magistrate judge Arlander Keys, will issue twice annual reports on CPD’s progress reducing the number of unconstitutional stops, frisks, and searches conducted by its officers.
Download and view the CPD’s current directive regarding contact cards here: Chicago Police Contact Information System.
Below is an example of contact cards currently used by officers when a stop occurs.
Cook County Justice Watch has also obtained a training document on vehicle stops and warrantless searches that was recently distributed to CPD officers. Download and view the document here: Vehicle Stops and Warrantless Searches
Below is a conclusion of what officers can and cannot do during lawful vehicle stops.
The issue of police conduct during stops and searches has been the focus of community organizing in Chicago for quite some time, as detailed in a previous post by Cook County Justice Watch, Organizing in Chicago for Stop and Frisk Transparency. Below is a chart composed by We Charge Genocide which details the similarities and differences in the proposed STOP ACT, the ACLU agreement and SB 1304.