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January 01, 1986

The Chicago Police Department's "Red Squad" used illegal tactics when it spied on two dissident groups and an activist without any evidence that they were breaking the law, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Susan Getzendanner's opinion was the first judicial finding that the now-defunct squad acted illegally while keeping an eye on dissidents during the turbulent 1960s and early '70s. Getzendanner said her ruling ends the case because both sides agreed not to appeal.

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