Posts tagged "police"

Fifty years later, marching for another cause

Fifty years later, marching for another cause
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, brought attention to the disparities faced by African Americans in employment and education. On its 50th anniversary, Chicago activists took to the streets to protest another disparity–in how people of color are treated by law enforcement. The idea behind The Peoples March on... Read more »

Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story

Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story
The Chicago Reporter won one of the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2013 “Salute to Excellence” awards during the organization’s annual convention this year. Reporter staff writer Angela Caputo, editor Rui Kaneya and intern Yisrael Shapiro took the top prize in the investigative reporting category for magazines under 1 million circulation for the story “Abusing... Read more »

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago
One week to the day that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, I was watching a film with clear parallels to Martin’s story. “Fruitvale Station” is a dramatized version of the shooting death of Oscar Grant by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit cop on New Year’s... Read more »
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How not to judge Chicago’s violence number

There are two ways of looking at almost anything. So it’s little surprise that the shooting numbers put out by the City of Chicago are framed in a way to make the city look good. But they also skew our understanding of the urban violence we are really dealing with, says Rob Wildeboer, criminal and... Read more »

Signed into law: Drew Peterson bill, PTSD training, more financial transparency for Illinois

Signed into law: Drew Peterson bill, PTSD training, more financial transparency for Illinois
Domestic violence priors to be admitted in murder cases – HB 5264 – The recently concluded Drew Peterson trial used a history of domestic violence as evidence, a piece of information that may have played a key role in his conviction for murder. Now HB 5264 would mandate that the information used in Peterson’s trial... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Springfield passes some bills at deadline, skips some; gun violence on the rise; where's the NATO money?

The folks over at the Chicago Reader have been dutifully following the money around May’s NATO summit in a case they have dubbed “the nebulous NATO grant funds.” When the summit plans were first announced, a chunk of the money to pay for it was expected to come from federal grant money (and the rest... Read more »
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Number of the day: $3 million - what Chicago paid to defended CPD repeaters against alleged illegal searches

In a list of police misconduct, such as extended detention, malicious prosecution, false arrest and excessive force, illegal search may be among one of the lighter offenses. But it’s still an expensive one. The city paid more than $3 million in settlements for 51 illegal searches by repeaters – the 1 percent of the Chicago... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: NATO and Chicago's finest; 3rd-party candidate talks politics; Medicaid cuts pass House

As the city winds down from a weekend of riot police and protesters, different takes on the NATO summit are emerging. Despite claims of police abuse during the NATO summit, much of Chicago media has lionized Chicago Police Department superintendent Gary McCarthy. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a cover story saying “the city has a new... Read more »

Tweaks to Cook County drug law swap jail time for fines

Tweaks to Cook County drug law swap jail time for fines
Some proposed tweaks to a Cook County drug law not only replaces jail time with fines for minor offenses, but furthers Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s drive to change how low-level offenders are charged. The amendment, introduced at Tuesday’s board meeting, would replace arrests and possible jail time with fines spanning $200-$500 for a... Read more »
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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 »