NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — The North Chicago Police Department is being criticized for a brochure some say is peppered with stereotypes of African-Americans.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/13ah0XR ) the brochure, given to participants in the North Chicago Citizen Police Academy last week, features a smiling African-American man handcuffed in an orange prison jumpsuit and another looking bug-eyed and slack-jawed in a mug shot.
Another page has a picture of comedian Dave Chappelle as Tyrone Biggums, the stumbling junkie character he created for his Comedy Channel show.
Lake County NAACP president Jennifer Witherspoon said the handout reinforces "every negative stereotype blacks as a people have been fighting against."
Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim calls the handout "incredibly disturbing."
North Chicago Police Chief James Jackson calls the handout an ill-considered attempt at humor.