The roots of police violence in Chicago: How cops have targeted communities of color for decades

"It’s been part of the culture, along with the code of silence, along with the systemic racism that is so prevalent in the Chicago Police Department."

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We look at the long history of police brutality against Latinos in Chicago. Latinos, especially immigrants, have faced police violence and killings for decades, and have a long history of fighting back against brutality through community organizing and activism. But their stories have received little news coverage. We speak with Lilia Fernández, a professor of history and Latino studies at Rutgers University and the author of “Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago.” We also speak with Flint Taylor, an attorney with People’s Law Office and author of “The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago.”

Guests

  • Lilia Fernándezprofessor of history and Latino studies at Rutgers University and the author of Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago.
  • Flint Taylorattorney with People’s Law Office who has represented survivors of police torture in Chicago for nearly half a century. His new book is titled The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago.
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