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The End of the Nightstick

Season 7 Episode 5 | 44m 15s Video has closed captioning.

This startling expose unravels a history of abuse of suspects by the Chicago police. For more than a decade, the press and authorities turned a blind eye to allegations of torture — including the use of electric shocks — until persistent grass roots organizations exerted enough pressure to prompt an official investigation, and eventually the dismissal of a ranking police commander.

Aired: 07/05/94

Rating: NR

Problems Playing Video? | Closed Captioning

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