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Activists push for new police oversight board in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A couple hundred activists gathered outside of Chicago City Hall on Wednesday to call on the mayor and City Council to create a new elected board that would have the power to investigate and fire police officers. The activists hope to persuade Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the council, who were meeting at […]

Chicago releases video of ex-top cop asleep at the wheel

CHICAGO (AP) — Documents, audio of a civilian 911 call and police body camera footage showing the former head of Chicago police allegedly asleep in October at the wheel of his vehicle were released to the public Monday by the city of Chicago. A civilian saw former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson SUV stopped at […]

Chicago investigating officers ‘lounging’ during unrest

CHICAGO (AP) — More than a dozen Chicago police officers and supervisors were captured on video “lounging” inside a burglarized congressional campaign office and even appeared to be making popcorn and brewing coffee as people vandalized and stole from nearby businesses as protests and unrest spread across the city, a visibly angry Mayor Lori Lightfoot […]

Court: Chicago can preserve old records of police complaints

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Chicago can keep all records of complaints against police officers that are more than five years old, delivering a victory for police reform advocates who say the records are crucial to keeping track of officers accused of brutality and misconduct. Though the ruling is […]

Shootings across Chicago kill 3 kids; activists seek change

CHICAGO (AP) — Activists and local leaders called for more state and federal support Sunday as weekend shootings across Chicago left three children dead, including a 10-year-old who was struck by a stray bullet that came through an apartment window. The Saturday night death was among at least 10 shooting fatalities since Friday evening, which […]

1,200 extra Chicago cops to be deployed over July 4 weekend

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police superintendent said Monday that he plans to flood the city’s streets with additional officers during the long July 4 weekend in an effort to avoid a repeat of particularly bloody recent weekends and despite pressure to keep officer overtime to a minimum. “We didn’t do it last weekend and the […]

After viral video, GoFundMe for Chicago ice cream man surpasses $25K for his retirement

CHICAGO (WGN) — A Chicago family wants the community to help a local ice cream vendor retire. On Father’s Day, Michaelangelo Mosqueda’s family bought all of 70-year-old Don Rosario’s paletas, which are Mexican ice pops. They didn’t want Rosario to have to work in the heat or on a holiday. Mosqueda created a GoFundMe page […]

Video captures Chicago police officers ‘lounging’ in congressman’s burglarized office as nearby businesses looted

CHICAGO (WGN) — Several Chicago police officers were captured on video relaxing inside the recently-burglarized office of Congressman Bobby Rush while nearby businesses were looted, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday. Surveillance video taken inside the longtime congressman’s office in the early hours of June 1 shows a group of officers sitting, making popcorn and in one […]

Memorial Day weekend shootings leave 10 dead in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend for gun violence since 2015, a jarring reminder that even a coronavirus pandemic and a statewide stay-at-home order cannot halt shootings in the city. “The violence throughout the city on Memorial Day weekend was nothing short of alarming,” Chicago police Superintendent David Brown told the […]

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