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Darryl Mart51 speaks about his experiences with Chicago Police Chicago Ill. Wednesday January 9 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

Darryl Martin, 51, speaks about his experiences with the Chicago Police in Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

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◆Raymond Hightower, 86, a retired cook who lives near Division and Clark. He last interacted with police 20 years ago when he was arrested for shooting dice in an alley near 47th and Prairie. “The police were doing their job then, and they’re doing their job now. They’re just doing the best they can with all these kids shooting guns out here.”

◆Darryl Martin, 51, office clerk. He says police asked to see his ID while he was waiting for a bus in the South Shore neighborhood one morning late last year. “Maybe I fit a profile. I don’t know. But I was thinking, ‘Don’t you have better things to do.’ I missed my bus and was late to work. It was like this cop woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” But police also responded promptly when his home was robbed. “It’s a double-edged sword ... Cops are human and have attitudes and get mad just like us. And they have dangerous jobs to do.”

◆Emily Vagts, 28, a communications coordinator. Her boyfriend set up a motion sensor camera on her front stoop in Wicker Park last year to catch the thief who was stealing packages at their building. The technology worked and sent the image to her boyfriend’s email account. He then called police. “A bike cop was there almost immediately. I know it was a petty crime, but they still tried to help us out.”

◆Paul Jurevis, 22, a financial analyst who lives near Midway Airport. He says two police officers in an unmarked car pulled him over on 26th Street two years ago and strip searched him. “When they didn’t find whatever it was they were looking for they just got in their car and drove off, no explanation. They just said, ‘You must not have what we’re looking for.’ I filed a complaint, but haven’t heard anything. In my opinion the police in Chicago are really corrupt.”

◆ Alex Taylor, 23, Northwestern Univeristy mdeical student. He mostly sees police along Michigan Avenue conducting crowd control while he’s headed to and from medical school. “I hold the police in high regard.”

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