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Cook County Public Defender

Cook County Public Defender
Cook County Public Defender

Police Say Cops Need Longer Than An Hour To Give Detained People A Phone Call — But Aldermen Say It’s Time For Accountability

Police and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office rejected a plan to require police give detainees a phone call within an hour, saying officers need a vague, "reasonable" amount of time.

Citywide

Lightfoot ‘Completely Guts’ Proposal To Ensure People In Police Custody Get A Prompt Phone Call, Frustrated Aldermen Say

Advocates want city law to guarantee a person gets to make a phone call within one hour of being arrested. The mayor's version gives police more discretion. "They are playing games with people's lives and people's liberties," one alderman said.

Citywide

Just 2% Of People Arrested By Chicago Police Got Access To Lawyer In Early 2020, Legal Group Says

Police data shows few people who are arrested are granted their constitutional right to an attorney.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Police Illegally Denied Protesters Right To Attorney, Phone Call, Top Public Defender Says

Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli and activists are suing the city, saying the move to deny arrestees a phone call and access to an attorney violates state and constitutional law.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale