City drops appeal, will release police misconduct complaints

The City of Chicago is finally giving up – police misconduct complaints and the fight to keep them under wraps. An Illinois appeals court ruled in March that police misconduct complaints — both the original records and the Chicago Police Department’s electronic log of them — are subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The city was set to petition the state supreme court, but instead issued a press release on Sunday reversing its stance. “The City of Chicago had the option to continue to litigate this matter, but ultimately we concluded that – with proper safeguards in place – it will serve a greater public good to allow these investigations to be subject to open records laws,” said Chicago Corporation Counsel Steve Patton in the release. Standard FOIA exemptions will apply, including those pertaining to burdensomeness.