Change starts with us

When The Chicago Reporter broke the news that the Illinois State Police had ignored thousands of court orders to expunge or seal criminal records of some ex-offenders, all hell broke loose. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan expressed her outrage, demanding compliance. Some black state lawmakers expressed their outrage with Gov. Pat Quinn, according to the comments of state Sen. Donne E. Trotter on WVON-AM last month. Former Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent resigned, saying judges were trying to expunge or seal records of individuals who are not eligible. “Many of them are child molesters,” Trent told The Telegraph, in Alton, Ill.

The pain of racial profiling

If you drive long enough, you’re going to get pulled over by a police officer, a state trooper, a sheriff’s deputy or somebody else with a badge. It’s as common as riding a rollercoaster. Even if you don’t do it often, you’ll do it at least once in your lifetime. For many of us, traffic stops usually come at a cost–”anxiety, frustration, a few four-letter words, 10 minutes of our time or a $50 ticket. Soon afterwards, our memories of these scrapes slowly fade away.