(8.4 percent of all black males ages 25 to 29 were in the U.S. prison population, according to a 2004 Bureau of Justice Statistics report, compared with 2.5 percent of Hispanic males that age, and 1.2 percent of white males.)
In 1997, police Supt. Matt Rodriguez retired perhaps because of his association with an ex-con, telling reporters: "I didn't look on him as Frank the felon. He was a friend."
In 2006, former Chicago Police Cmdr. Michael Acosta was sentenced to five months in prison after stealing $4,000 earmarked for honoring police officers. Recordings similarly revealed a close relationship between Acosta and convicted felon John "Quarters" Boyle .
Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue does not have a problem with Rule 47. "The FOP has accepted Rule 47," he said.