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

2018-05-28

Version

2018-05-28

Update Frequency

Irregular

Temporal Coverage

2007-2011

Spatial Coverage

United States

Source

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

Source License URL

John Snow Labs Standard License

Source License Requirements

N/A

Source Citation

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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

Name Description Type Constraints
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.integerlevel : Nominal
Complaint_DateThe date that the complaint or notification was made to IPRA/COPA and the record was created.datetime-
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
10252292009-04-03T08:58:03Bureau of Internal Affairs864
10252302009-04-03T09:35:15Bureau of Internal Affairs964
10252592009-04-04T08:09:57Bureau of Internal Affairs874
10252612009-04-04T09:52:28Bureau of Internal Affairs974
10252752009-04-05T00:53:58Bureau of Internal Affairs014
10252832009-04-06T00:04:41Bureau of Internal Affairs024
10252842009-04-06T08:29:34Bureau of Internal Affairs824
10252862009-04-06T08:43:45Bureau of Internal Affairs824
10252882009-04-06T09:49:55Bureau of Internal Affairs924
10253142009-04-07T08:40:44Bureau of Internal Affairs834