SecureDrop is a platform for leaking documents to journalists securely and without compromising sources. LPL has launched Black Rose, our SecureDrop instance. We are the only group running an instance in Chicago and will be assisting journalists in breaking stories.
We have a current partnership with MuckRock, the FOIA transparency organization, into the Chicago Police Departments use of 1505 funds. Based on civil asset forfeiture, 1505 is a slush fund that CPD maintains, with a significant portion of their purchases going into purchasing surveillance equipment.
OpenOversight is a Lucy Parsons Labs project to improve police accountability using public and crowdsourced data. We maintain a database of police officers and provide a digital gallery that allows the public to identify the name and badge number of a police officer they would like to file a complaint about.
A new report by Reason based on documents obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs shows that civil asset forfeiture primarily targets the poor. Our documents are an archive directly from the State's Attorney's office which include all money seized with amounts, their exact GPS location, as well as cars, electronics and miscellaneous amounts seized. It is a follow-up on a previous investigation by Lucy Parsons Labs, Joel Handley and the Chicago Reader. Read More ›