Posts tagged "Chicago Police"

Chicago aldermen seek $20 million reparations fund for police torture victims

Chicago aldermen seek $20 million reparations fund for police torture victims
A little more than a month after Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for torture committed by former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and detectives under his command, Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st) and Howard B. Brookins, Jr. (21st) filed an ordinance in Chicago’s City Council Wednesday that would allocate $20 million toward redress to torture victims... Read more »

What's Up This Week: SRO residents worry about living on the streets; The New Jim Crow; holding police accountable

What's Up This Week: SRO residents worry about living on the streets; The New Jim Crow; holding police accountable
Homeless? Curtis Horton and his partner Henrietta Riley could be facing life on the streets after the sale of the Chateau, a single-room-occupancy hotel the two are currently living in. Read their story on Chicago Muckrakers this morning. The New Jim Crow. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, compared the large number of... Read more »

Meet Chicago's new 3rd District commander

Meet Chicago's new 3rd District commander
The popular blog, Second City Cop, broke the news recently that Glenn Evans has been promoted as commander of Chicago’s 3rd police district, Grand Crossing. Regular readers may recall Evans from our May/June issue “Abusing the Badge,” which dug into police misconduct lawsuits settled by the city. We found that a small group of officers... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Rep. Smith's saga moves to penalty phase; North Side schools get most CPS TIF money; city OKs $12M in protest settlements

Things aren’t getting any easier for indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith. On Wednesday, the House Special Investigating Committee, tasked with looking into accusations Smith took a $7,000 bribe, found there were sufficient reasons to punish him, and asked a new committee be formed to decide what that punishment should be. So now a... Read more »

Immigration activists accuse Chicago Police of violating local "sanctuary" ordinance

Immigration activists accuse Chicago Police of violating local "sanctuary" ordinance
Immigration activists are accusing Chicago Police officers of violating a 2006 ordinance that dubbed Chicago a “sanctuary city” for undocumented people by prohibiting city agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials. At the center of the allegations is Rose Tchakounte, a Cameroonian asylum seeker, who has been in federal custody since she was pulled over... Read more »

Tickets for pot possession: a tax on young black men?

Tickets for pot possession: a tax on young black men?
Last month, something unforgettable happened: Two Chicago journalists wrote something, and a politician responded in a meaningful way. That might not seem like big news to you, but to those of us who are used to getting routine responses from public officials, stating blandly that they are “concerned” about an issue and “will look into... Read more »
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Are Chicago cops on steroids?

An investigation by the New Jersey’s The Star Ledger recently revealed rampant steroid use among police officers there, prescribed by a unethical physician looking to make a quick buck. When that doctor died because of side effects from his own steroid use, people started to take notice. But it’s not just this doctor or just... Read more »

Is Chicago fudging crime stats?

Despite the daily reports of shooting deaths and violent crime in Chicago, we are constantly reassured by the Chicago Police Department of one thing: crime is down. Even though several people perceive crime to be higher, officials tell us to take comfort in the statistics that show that crime rates are falling. My police beat... Read more »

Crime down, poverty up doesn't mean the two aren't connected

You’ve heard the story of Jean Valjean, right? He’s one of the main characters in author Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables. The guy steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving family, gets caught and goes to prison. For most of us, that’s our basic understanding of the connection between poverty and crime.Somebody needs... Read more »
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Man on the street: What do you think about Jon Burge's conviction?

After former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice, the Reporter asked Chicago residents about the former cop. Burge and his officers allegedly used electric shocks, beatings and suffocation to elicit confessions. Burge was found guilty on charges that he lied during a civil trial about his teams’... Read more »