By// Mariah Craddick
A brochure that was supposed to illustrate trial procedures for participants of the North Chicago Citizen Police Academy has instead sparked outrage for its negative portrayal of Black people throughout, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
One page in the handout shows Dave Chappelle’s infamous crack-addicted character Tyrone Biggums, another shows a bug-eyed Black man’s mugshot.
“For officers to pass out a pamphlet like this screams a need for sensitivity and that this department is not capable of policing the Black community,” Waukegan, IL activist Ralph Peterson told the Sun-Times. The president of the NAACP’s Lake County branch, Jennifer Witherspoon, said that the pamphlet reinforces “every negative stereotype blacks as a people have been fighting against.”
North Chicago Police Chief James Jackson told the paper that the handout was created by an African-American officer but was not authorized. Images of Judge Judy, Lindsay Lohan, Casey Anthony and Tom Cruise were also featured for what was supposed to be humorous. Instead the brochure has been removed from the curriculum altogether.
“We should have caught it,” Jackson said.
North Chicago and its police department are already in hot water after 2011’s Darrin “Dagwood” Hanna police beating death which was recently reclassified as a homicide.
Click here to see images from the brochure. Do you think it’s offensive or are people overreacting?