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  • Chicago release of police video points to wider rise in transparency

    The Christian Science Monitor - 01/14/2016

    “There’s a long history of prosecutors [in Chicago and elsewhere] not supporting the release of any evidence because it would taint the jury pool and would eventually change witness statements,” says Jack McDevitt, director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University in Boston. “But I think police departments have led the way in now saying, ‘I’m going to release it, because it’s more important for the community relations part of our mission to get the truth out there than it is to worry about a prosecution that isn’t going to take place for six or 12 months.’ ”

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