"Keith Herrera, a former member of the elite police task force, pleaded guilty to Ontivero-Artal’s charge and other similar allegations, stealing $40,000 from arrestees in 2005 alone. Other former members have also admitted to breaking into suspects’ homes and using coercion and false police reports to cover it up. The section was disbanded in 2007, and most of the officers were reassigned to other units, but the city payments to civilians harmed by the officers keep rolling in.
A Chicago Reporter analysis shows that 21 members of the section belong to a list of 140 police officers who were named in two or more misconduct-related lawsuits that led to city payments between January 2009 and November 2011. Their actions cost the city more than $1 million.
The police department’s failure to rein in the section was one of the major motivations behind the establishment of the Independent Police Review Authority in 2007, and activists have accused the department of turning a blind eye due to the race of most of the arrestees."