Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Video: Local Jail Guard, Never Disciplined, Kicks Prisoner In Head

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Chicagoist
by SOPHIE LUCIDO JOHNSON

To watch the video clip click here

Footage of a guard from a Cook County Jail continuously punching and kicking a prisoner in the ribs, stomach, and head was published on Wednesday. The video, posted to YouTube by the Better Government Association, shows the inmate altercating with the guard before being thrown down and enduring repeated blows even after he has fallen to the ground.

TheChicago Sun-Timesfound that the incident, which occurred on July 4, 2013, didn’t yield any consequences for the guard. Branden Norise, the guard in the video, was not fired and still works at the prison. At the time of the incident, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart referred the case to the Cook County's then-State Attorney Anita Alverez, but Norise was never charged with a crime. Norise's current $57,000 yearly salary is paid with taxpayer dollars, the Sun-Times reports.

The man in the video, Randall Brown, said in an interview that he thought Norise should “at a minimum” be fired, according to the Sun-Times. Dart recommended that discipline be taken against Norise, but Dart’s handpicked commissioner over disciplinary matters overruled those recommendations.

This video release comes at the heels ofsix other videosthe Cook County Sheriff’s Office made public last week, which chronicle similar misconduct and violent abuse committed by guards. Fourteen of the officers in those videos—which show several incidents of kicking, punching and dragging of inmates—faced discipline for their actions. Of those disciplined, five were fired.

There are 2,400 cameras at Cook County Jail, surveilling more than 8,000 inmates and a staff of more than 3,000 guards, according to the Sun-Times.

Dart said inan interview with NBCthat his transparency around video release is vitally important to build trust among citizens, adding, "The public has a right to know when officers abuse the public trust as well as the ramifications of that abuse." He said that this is the first time videos of this nature have been released by jails voluntarily.

Dart has said that he plans to release a backlog of videos related to past Merit Board decisions; this video may have been part of the backlog, and been published before Dart got to it.

Teamsters Local 700, the jail guards' union,has publicly disparagedDart for his release of the videos, saying that the release is a one-sided effort by Dart to “advance his political career on the backs of the hardworking correctional officers at the Cook County jail.”



Recent Headlines

Nearly a century after a brutal murder, Chicago’s only lynching victim gets memorial
Thursday, March 21, 2019
The Grio

Recovery Behind Bars: Cook County Jail’s Opioid Treatment Program
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Medill Reports

Judge: Labor unions don't owe non-union state workers refunds, despite unconstitutional fees
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Cook County record

The language of justice: Court interpreters fight for client rights and their rights in Cook County
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Medill Reports

Cook County General Hospital's $90-Million Redevelopment Saves a Chicago Icon
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Engineering News Rec ord

Preckwinkle sends out harassment survey to staff after harassment controversy in her office
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Illinois Land Title Association Granted Summary Judgment in Case against Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Illinois State Bar Association

Grand Jury Indicts Debt Collector of Bribing Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown
Friday, March 15, 2019
WBBM Chicago

Indictment: Cook County's hired debt collector charged with bribing county officials to secure county contract
Friday, March 15, 2019
Cook County record

Karen Chavers Honored as 2019 Unsung Heroine
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Pappas to announce deadline for Cook County property owners to pay late taxes
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Courts Cause Confusion For Woman Trying To Resolve Her Case
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
CBS Chicago

Census changes raise fears of Illinois undercounting
Monday, March 11, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Warns of Apple Phone Scam
Monday, March 11, 2019
WTTW News

Caller poses as Apple to get victims personal info in scam targeting Cook County residents
Monday, March 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

Should Young Adults Be Sent To Juvenile Courts?
Sunday, March 10, 2019
NPR Radio

Cook County Jail hires 2nd consecutive mental health professional as warden
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawsuit: Sheriff jailed dozens because of faulty electronic monitoring devices
Monday, March 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Woman dies while in custody at Cook County Jail
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Fox 32

City considers landmarking old Cook County Hospital
Friday, March 01, 2019
Gazette Chicago

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP