Posts tagged "CPD"

Boxing: Chicago's Solution to Gun Violence?

Medill Reports put out an article today that stated that the Illinois State Crime Commission and the Police Athletic League are going to introduce a new youth anti-violence initiative: learning to box. How will a violent sport deter violence? Boxing lessons will deter gun violence in the sense that it will provide kids with activities instead... Read more »

Celebrities Tapped to Stop Gun Violence in Chicago

As everyone knows, Chicago had the highest murder rate in the US with over 500 homicides in 2012 alone and almost 15 in the New Year. The city is even being compared to Iraq (the hashtag #Chiraq is taking off on Twitter). So, what is Chicago’s plan to stop the escalating murder rate? Superintendent McCarthy... Read more »

Top Ten Chicago Political Stories of 2012 (Social Justice Edition)

Unions were a hot topic the latter part of 2012, and that was partially due to the Chicago Teacher's Union strike in September that made national headlines not just for unions but deteriorating school conditions everywhere. (
From the NATO protests to the CTU strike, 2012 was a big year for social justice causes in Chicago. Below are ten events that allowed the social justice movement to gain momentum in Chicago in 2012.

Why Is Chicago's Crime Rate So High?

On Dec. 5, Superintendent McCarthy announced he is sending the Chicago Police Department’s resident gang expert to the South Side of Chicago in an attempt to quell the city’s gang problem. Yet, is that the right move? Consider this, if low educational achievements can be blamed primarily on poverty, than why isn’t poverty seen as the root... Read more »

Undocumented Immigrant Driver's Licenses in Illinois

The state of Illinois is considering a bill that will allow (and mandate) undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. This bill begs the question, why is it important that undocumented immigrants be allowed/mandated to get legal driver’s licenses? Nationally, unlicensed motorists are five times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than licensed... Read more »

Does the Chicago Police Department Have a Code of Silence?

Does the Chicago Police Department Have a Code of Silence?
With the recent jury finding that the CPD’s code of silence emboldened Anthony Abbate to beat up bartender Karolina Obrycka in 2007, many people are wondering if the code wields as much power as this case implies. Terry Ekl, Obrycka’s lawyer, even called upon the mayor to break up the automatic deference to this code... Read more »

Fraternal Order of Police: Another Front in the Union Battles

The Chicago Teacher’s Union is not the only union fighting a battle with City Hall. Back in late-May, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, a.k.a. the CPD’s union, filed a grievance against the city for not being appropriately compensated for their overtime work during the week of NATO. The total unpaid overtime was worth over $15... Read more »

Know Your Rights: Dealing with CPD

Welcome to my new weekly series “Know Your Rights.” The topic of this week is the infamous Chicago Police Department. Considering there might be some heightened protester/officer altercations due to the teacher’s strikes, this information could not come at a more timely occasion. If you live in Chicago, chances are you have had a run-in... Read more »

New CPD Procedure for Handling Transgender Arrestees

In a recent overdue order, on August 21, 2012, the Chicago Police Department put into place a new set of procedures that will treat transgender detainees with more respect and caution. A huge component of the order is language. It mandates that officers use the detainees preferred name, that the CPD must use the detainees... Read more »
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