Wednesday March 6th, 2013 informationliberation.com
Chicago police face questions over arrests using investigative alerts, not warrants (Chicago Tribune)
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.