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More lawyers are bringing more lawsuits against police offi-cers than ever before. And more plaintiffs, it seems, are winniin bigger verdicts—often far bigger. The result is driving the growth of a police misconduct civil rights bar, and this article examines the changes in public perceptions of police officers that have made that growth possible. Who are they gonna believe—you or me? The year was 1982. The words were uttered by a now-infamous Chicago Police Commander named Jon Burge, who had...

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