Chicago police face questions over arrests using investigative alerts, not warrants

Chicago Tribune
Mar. 06, 2013

On a May evening in 2006, Frank Craig was a few hours away from a better life for his family of five.

Court records show that the Army veteran was set to start a new job with the state, with solid pay and benefits, until Chicago police hauled him out of his house in his boxer shorts.

No judge had signed a warrant for Craig's arrest. Instead, police themselves had issued an "investigative alert" ordering Craig's arrest for a robbery that occurred four months earlier.

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