Civilian Office of Police Accountability Cases

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This dataset contains the complaints received by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and its predecessor agency in Chicago. Complaints include excessive force, domestic violence, bias-based verbal abuse, and coercion with the threat of violence.

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The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) investigates allegations of misconduct by Chicago Police Department members related to the use of excessive force, domestic violence, bias-based verbal abuse, and coercion with the threat of violence. COPA also investigates incidents in which a Chicago Police Department member discharges a firearm or taser whether or not misconduct is alleged. Finally, COPA investigates the serious injury or death of persons in police custody.

Each complaint is represented by a single line. When multiple people are involved, values for each of them are separated by the | character. In all such columns, the people are presented in the same order. For example, the first value in one column corresponds to the same person as the first value in another column.

Other than identifying the Log Number associated with an investigation being conducted by the Bureau of Internal Affairs section of the Chicago Police Department, information regarding such investigations is not included in this dataset.

If any citizen has been mistreated, or seen someone else mistreated, by a member of the Chicago Police Department or if they have information about an incident involving police misconduct then a complaint can be filed.

There are 5 easy ways to file a complaint:
– By Phone
– By Email
– By Online
– By Visit
– By Ligitation Complaints

After filing a complaint, a letter is mailed within five (5) business days detailing whether COPA or CPD’s Bureau of Internal Affairs (BIA) will be in charge of investigating the incident of police conduct.
If COPA retains the case, complaint filer and other complainants or witnesses are contacted by COPA about the complaint.
After concluding investigation, complaint filer and the involved CPD member(s) receives letters from COPA reflecting our investigative finding(s), if any. If discipline or other actions are recommended, the case is then be reviewed by the CPD Superintendent and, if applicable, the Chicago Police Board as part of the review process.
At the conclusion of the review process, complaint filer and the involved CPD member(s) receives a letter reflecting the final findings and the final action taken in the case.

The Bureau of Internal Affairs (BIA) investigates, documents, and reviews allegations of misconduct by members of the Chicago Police Department. Allegations investigated by the Bureau of Internal Affairs include but are not limited to: criminal misconduct, operational violations, illegal search, theft of money or property, planting of drugs, substance abused, residency violations, and medical roll abuse.

Date Created

2017-09-07

Last Modified

2020-07-27

Version

2020-07-27

Update Frequency

Irregular

Temporal Coverage

2007-2020

Spatial Coverage

United States

Source

John Snow Labs; Chicago Data Portal, Civilian Office of Police Accountability;

Source License URL

Source License Requirements

N/A

Source Citation

N/A

Keywords

Police Accountability Cases, Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Chicago's Police Accountability, COPA Cases, Investigation By Police Department, Complaint Against Chicago Police Department

Other Titles

Chicago Police Department Cases, Investigation Conducted by Bureau of Internal Affairs

NameDescriptionTypeConstraints
Log_NoA unique identifier for the case record. The log number can be used to link records in other datasets that contain a log number column.string-
Complaint_DateThe date that the complaint or notification was made to IPRA/COPA and the record was created.date-
Jurisdictional_AssignmentThe jurisdictional assignment for the complaint case.string-
Case_TypeWhether a case is a complaint, a notification, or miscellaneous.string-
Current_StatusThe current status of the case investigation, as of the date the data were last published.string-
Current_CategoryThe category of the primary allegation against the involved CPD member.string-
Finding_CodeThe overall current case finding, ranked by the following hierarchy: Sustained, Not Sustained, Unfounded, Exonerated, No Affidavit, and No Finding. “Current_Finding” means that even after COPA has completed an investigation and made a recommended finding, the finding can change given post-COPA processes, including Police Department review, Police Board adjudication, and grievance and arbitration processes.string-
Is_Police_ShootingWhether or not the case is a police shooting. (false=no and true=yes)boolean-
CPD_BeatThe CPD beat in which the incident occurred. If more than one beat was involved, the values are separated by the pipe (|) character.string-
Race_of_ComplainantsThe race or ethnicity of the complainant(s) or subject(s). If more than one person was involved, the values are separated by the pipe (|) character and in the same order for all columns.string-
Gender_of_ComplainantsThe sex of the complainant(s) or subject(s). If more than one person was involved, the values are separated by the pipe (|) character and in the same order for all columns.string-
Age_of_ComplainantsThe age of the complainant(s) or subject(s). If more than one person was involved, the values are separated by the pipe (|) character and in the same order for all columns.string-
Race_of_Involved_OfficersThe race or ethnicity of the officer alleged to have been involved. If more than one officer allegedly was involved, the values are separated by the pipe (|) character and in the same order for all officer columns.string-
Gender_of_Involved_OfficersThe sex of the officer alleged to have been involved. If more than one officer allegedly was involved, the values are separated by the pipe (|) character and in the same order for all officer columnsstring-
Age_of_Involved_OfficersThe age of the officer alleged to have been involved at the time of the complaint or notification. If more than one officer allegedly was involved, the values are separated by the pipe (|) character and in the same order for all officer columnsstring-
Years_on_Force_of_Involved_OfficersThe number of years on the force of the officer alleged to have been involved at the time of the complaint or notification. If more than one officer allegedly was involved, the values are separated by the pipe (|) character and in the same order for all officer columnsstring-
Complaint_HourThe hour of the day component of Complaint Date.integerlevel : Nominal
Complaint_DayThe day of the week component of Complaint Date. Sunday=1integerlevel : Nominal
Complaint_MonthThe month component of Complaint Date.integerlevel : Nominal
Log NoComplaint DateJurisdictional AssignmentCase TypeCurrent StatusCurrent CategoryFinding CodeIs Police ShootingCPD BeatRace of ComplainantsGender of ComplainantsAge of ComplainantsRace of Involved OfficersGender of Involved OfficersAge of Involved OfficersYears on Force of Involved OfficersComplaint HourComplaint DayComplaint Month
10867462017-09-14IPRAComplaintClosedVerbal AbuseNo FindingFalse522Black or African AmericanMale50-59Black or African American | Black or African AmericanFemale | Male50-59 | Unknown25-29 | 15-191659
10867402017-09-14IPRAComplaintClosedVerbal AbuseNo FindingFalse1533Black or African AmericanMale20-29WhiteFemale40-4915-191359
10867372017-09-14IPRAComplaintClosedExcessive ForceNot SustainedFalse814 | 823Black or African AmericanMale50-59Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish OriginMale40-4915-191159
10867352017-09-13IPRAComplaintClosedMiscellaneousNo AffidavitFalse1431UnknownMale20-292049
10867312017-09-13IPRAComplaintClosedExcessive ForceUnfoundedFalse924Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish OriginFemale30-39White | Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish OriginMale | Male50-59 | 20-2920-24 | 0-41749
10867282017-09-13IPRAComplaintClosedUnnecessary Display of WeaponNo AffidavitFalse1651Asian or Pacific IslanderMaleUnknown1649
10867252017-09-13IPRAComplaintClosedExcessive ForceNo AffidavitFalse1221Black or African AmericanMale30-391249
10587062012-11-29IPRAComplaintClosedExcessive ForceNo AffidavitFalse92118511
10867232017-09-13IPRAComplaintClosedMiscellaneousNo AffidavitFalse2234Black or African AmericanFemale40-49Black or African AmericanMale40-499-May1249
10867112017-09-12IPRAComplaintClosedExcessive ForceSustainedFalse511Black or African AmericanMale30-39Black or African American | Black or African AmericanMale | Male40-49 | 40-4910-14 | 10-141739
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