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Chief Cobb Completely Unprepared and Out of Touch at Citizen Review Board Meeting

On August 8th 2019, a special meeting of the Champaign Citizen Review Subcommittee (CRS) was convened with one specific agenda item: open discussion with Chief Cobb about the CRS’s recommendations for changes to the police complaint process. The Champaign Police Department has long been regarded as corrupt, racist, and violent,…

Urbana Police to Discontinue Taser Camera Use, Despite Law Mandating Taser Video Review

On July 24, 2019 Urbana Police Lieutenant Richard H Surles surprised the members of the Urbana Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) by announcing that the Department will no longer use Taser-mounted cameras during use of force incidents. The decision would seem to violate the CPRB Ordinance which makes it mandatory…

Founding Member of Urbana Police Review Board Scott Dossett Claims the CPRB is not Tasked with Community Outreach

Meetings of the Urbana Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) often have more interesting revelations about the board members themselves than of the content of their review process. At the July 24th, 2019 CPRB Meeting, 10-year board member and founding member Scott Dossett made the bizarre claim that the CPRB is…

Urbana Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) Meets to Review Police Department Taser Usage

On July 24, 2019, the Urbana Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) meeting took place after a series of cancelled and rescheduled meetings since October 24, 2018. The meeting started with a staff report by Urbana Community Relations Specialist, Preston James. Since the last meeting, the city has received 4 citizen…

Citizens to Champaign Police Review Board: Complaint Process is Broken

On May 8th 2019, several citizens attended the Champaign Citizen Review Subcommittee (CRS) meeting to voice their grievances with the Champaign Police Department’s handling of citizen complaints. The CPD has had a complaint procedure for decades, but due to repeated issues with officer misconduct and corruption within Champaign’s department, the…

“Cry Me a River” – Champaign Council Member Clarissa Nickerson Fourman Responds to Police Misconduct Concerns

At the Champaign City Council meeting on January 8, 2019, long time Urbana resident, Tamara Buch raised concerns about the false arrest of Christopher Hansen and his mistreatment by Champaign Police Officers and Champaign County Jail Correctional Officers. Hansen’s open letter, published on CorruptCU.com details his false arrest by the…

Champaign Attorney Laura Hall Lies About City Email Retention, Claims City Receives “Billions of e-mails”

A citizen has forwarded an email exchange with Champaign Assistant City Attorney Laura Jayne Hall, wherein Hall attempts to creatively explain why Champaign City staff delete emails after just one year. The citizen had submitted a Freedom of Information Act request in November of 2018, but received only a limited…

Urbana Police Video Warns Residents to be Polite to Officers or Suffer Retaliation

At the April 23rd, 2018 Urbana City Council meeting, Urbana Police Officer Preston James revealed a project he had been working on for some time. James presented to the Council a video titled “Perspective: Insights of a Traffic Stop”, which shows two different outcomes of an identical traffic stop, based…

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