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Michael Scott found dead: Chicago Twitter Reaction

Chicago School Board president Michael Scott was found dead early this morning; police investigating his death believe he shot himself and fell into the Chicago River.

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DePaul University student shot to death; community grieves


The Sun-Times reports the DePaul University senior, Francisco Valencia, 21, of the 5100 block of West Strong Street, died from multiple gun shot wounds where a Halloween party was taking place in the 1700 block of North Rockwell Street on Sunday.

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Erin Andrews' stalker goes to court

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews has an alleged creepy stalker named Michael David Barrett and he happens to reside in Westmont, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago. He's been accused of cutting holes through her hotel rooms all over the country and taping her with a cell phone camera.

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Chicagoans outraged over beating death of teen

The Chicago Twitterverse is still reacting to the beating death of Chicago Public School student Derrion Albert. Albert was an innocent bystander of a gang fight that occurred near Fenger High School on the city's South Side last week.

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Police still searching for suspect in Beason, Illinois murders


Forty miles outside of Springfield, in the small farming town of Beason, Illinois, five members of a family were found dead Monday after police received a call about a possible shooting.

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Tweets document Loop shooting, transportation delays

A Chicago man faced police confrontation today after he took someone hostage and displayed a knife near State and Randolph Streets. Police attempted to stop the unidentified man using pepper spray, but the subject resisted, so they shot him to rescue the hostage. The subject was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

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Burr Oak heartbreak continues

Outrage at a a south side cemetery continues to grow this Friday as hundreds of Chicago area residents head to Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, concerned about the safety of their loved ones' graves.

According to the Chicago Breaking News Center, the community learned yesterday that four employees at the historic African American cemetery had dug up and dumped 200 to 300 bodies in a scheme to resell plots and pocket the cash. Hundreds of people have gathered to see if their loved ones had been moved to a mass burial ground located at the back of the cemetery.

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July 4 weekend ends with crime spike

Monday morning marked the end of a violent holiday weekend as 10 people were killed after 63 shootings and one stabbing in Chicago, according to Chicagoist.

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Public official questions city's half-year crime report

Crime is down 10 percent in the first six months of 2009, as opposed to the first six months of 2008, according to new study released by the city, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Homicides are down 12.7 percent and crime either stayed the same or dropped since last year in 24 of the 25 Chicago Police districts, the study says.

But at least one public official, Cook County Commissioner (16th District) Tony Peraica, takes issue with the new stats.

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Judge rules probation for cop who beat bartender

Per the Chicago Breaking News Center, Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate was sentenced to two years probation today for his act of beating a woman who was tending a bar.

Judge John Fleming also imposed a curfew on Abbate and required him to attend anger management classes, undergo an alcohol evaluation, and perform 130 hours of community service for the attack on Karolina Obrycka.

Most Chicagoland Twitterers were disgusted with the ruling.

  1. Guinevere Tiffin
    Ginevra77 Ri. di. cu. lous. RT @Suntimes: BREAKING: Beat cop walks - Tony Abbate gets 2 years probation for beating bartender on video.
  2. karen anne marie
    emilystayedhere because being a cop & beating up a woman gets you probation & no jail time, thanks for making me feel safe Chicago
  3. Kris Garvey
    krisgarvey Ridiculous, he better not be a cop anymore RT @cbs2chicago Anthony Abbate, CPD officer who beat woman on video, gets probation, anger mgmt
  4. Javier Perez
    javierXperez cop gets 2 years probation for the world-viewed beating of a bartender-- another sad day in Chicago!
  5. Michael Sebastian
    msebastian Chicago cop beats a lady bartender, on tape, & gets probation. Can wait to see which city job they give him!
  6. karen anne marie
    emilystayedhere @ColonelTribune the COP got off with probation for BLATANTLY beating a woman, that sure as shit makes me feel safe in this city...awesome
  7. Natalie
    bakeanddestroy Cop gets probation for beating bartender (via @ChicagoBreaking) Welcome to Chicago...
  8. Natasha Liberman
    alacardchicago Disgusting! 250lb male cop is on video beating a 115lb female bartender and only gets probation? Seriously?!?!? WTF?

Related: One Chicago cop defended the ruling

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