Title

Why Police Should Protect Complainant Autonomy

Publication Date

2019

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This Essay does its work in, at least, three ways. First, it encourages better use of scarce public sector resources by calling for reform of the police complaint intake process. Next, this Essay identifies the causes of police complaint inefficiencies by critically-assessing how intake is done by the Chicago Police Department (CPD). Lastly, it provides guidance about how to achieve CPD intake reform by better protecting complainant autonomy. Complainant autonomy, at least in this Essay, is defined as a real party in interest’s (i.e. an injured citizen’s) right to control how its allegations are framed by a nominal plaintiff (i.e. the CPD) against a defendant (i.e. an officer) under the process that is used to resolve administrative complaints (i.e. police complaints).

Publication Title

Minnesota Law Review Headnotes

Volume

103

Issue

2

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