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A disgrace to civilization

In 1913, William Kirk, a realtor, was arrested for driving with a missing tail light and taken to Chicago’s 22nd Street police station. While he waited for the paper work on his arrest to be processed, Kirk watched a police officer, later identified as Peter Bronson, bring a young man into the station. 731 more words

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Sweatbox Methods

In late summer 1902, a range of people from judges to civic leaders to everyday citizens spoke out against use of the sweatbox in Chicago. Their reaction was prompted by stories of Oscar Thompson’s treatment at the hands of Chicago’s policeĀ ( 474 more words

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Judge Guerin and the 3rd Degree

In late fall 1918, Judge Henry Guerin, recently elected to the bench, wrote to the Marcus Kavanagh, chief judge of the Cook County criminal courts. Guerin asked Kavanagh to order an investigation into the use of the third degree. 464 more words

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Toughest cop in America

In 2001, Charles Adamson, who had been a cop in Chicago, published a biography of Frank Pape calledĀ The Toughest Cop in America. Pape had been Adamson’s mentor on the force, and the biography offered a very positive view of Pape’s… 222 more words

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Bright lights, big lies

In 1938, Robert Nixon was arrested in Chicago for the murder of Florence Johnson, the white wife of a Chicago firefighter. Nixon, who was black, was ultimately convicted of Johnson’s murder, chiefly on the basis of his own confession. 252 more words

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Reflections from a Newly Raised Brother

Last week, Brother Christopher Ford contributed to this blog, and the very next day he was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. I told him that I would love to hear his reflections on what he experienced. 886 more words

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Corrections, Clarifications, and "On the Record"

Do you have a sensitive media interview looming? Here is some more practical advice to help you navigate those rocky shoals.

  1. Remain flexible on the day of your interview.
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