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Chicago cop who shot teen sues family for $10 million

yesterdayNews : NY Daily News

"That's a new low for the Chicago Police Department," the father of Quintonio LeGrier said.

City to pay $3 million to settle police hiring discrimination lawsuit

The city plans to pay $3.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department alleging Chicago Police Department residency requirements discriminated against 47 foreign-born applicants seeking to become police officers. The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District...

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Didn't a former supernintendo of the CPD end up working for Taser International? Nearly 800 Tasers are being shipped to the Chicago Police Department to help cut down on deadly police shootings under a five-year $10 million contractShow More Summary

End of the Road?

The final act is underway : The Chicago Police Department took action Wednesday to fire a police lieutenant and suspend two other officers for their handling of the 2004 homicide investigation of David Koschman, who died after a struggle with the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Show More Summary

CPD moves to fire, suspend cops tied to fatal Koschman case involving Daley nephew

The Chicago Police Department took action Wednesday to fire a police lieutenant and suspend two other officers for their handling of the 2004 homicide investigation of David Koschman, who died after a struggle with the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to the department. In a statement...

Distrust of Chicago cops helps drive Emanuel's low approval on crime

A strong majority of Chicagoans don't think the city's cops treat all citizens fairly and believe a cover-up "code of silence" is widespread in the Police Department, helping drive a record-low approval rating for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's handling of crime, a Chicago Tribune poll has found. The survey's...

Chicago records 51 homicides in January, highest toll since 2000

CHICAGO — The nation's third largest city recorded 51 homicides in January, the highest toll for the month since 2000.Gang conflicts and retaliatory violence drove the "unacceptable" increase in homicides, the police department said in a statement. Show More Summary

Rahm Forced to Make Changes in Chicago

If the Laquan McDonald video was never released to the public, then Mayor Rahm Emanuel would have never made any changes within the Chicago Police Department. Why did it take the killing of a young African American man for Rahm to do...Show More Summary

With Friends Like These....

William Shaw In his weekly newsletter, Ald. Osterman talked about the shooting on Winona last week. He said, "Two persons of interest are being questioned by the Chicago Police Department in connection with this incident."Indeed they were. Show More Summary

Crime Wave in Chicago, With 51 Murdered in January

Crime has taken a leap in Chicago in the new year, with 292 shooting victims and 51 murders in the first month, according to figures released by the police department on Monday. Last year, the city saw just 29 murders and 136 shooting...Show More Summary

A Few Very Bad Cops Are Costing the Chicago Police Department Tens of Millions of Dollars

The Chicago Police Department has a few bad eggs — very expensive ones. On a force of 12,000 officers, 124 people represent one-third, or $34 million, of all misconduct settlements brought against the department since 2009, the Chicago Tribune reports.Most are not high-profile misconduct cases, but the behavior they detail... More »

City beefing up police training to deal with mentally ill

As he continues to deal with a burgeoning scandal embroiling the Chicago Police Department, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans Thursday for added training for 911 operators and officers to try to help avoid violent encounters with mentally ill individuals. Under the plan, all the department's officers...

A violent January in Chicago: 45 murders and counting

Chicago has begun the year with the most murders since 2002, according to data compiled by the Tribune and the Chicago Police Department.With the fatal beating of a student Thursday on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, the city has seen at least 47 violent deaths so far this month,...

Some Chicago police officers are sabotaging their dashcams

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Last month the CPD [Chicago Police Department] found that 80 percent of its 850 dash cams do not record audio, and 12 percent don’t record video either. The CPD has blamed the failures on "operator error or in some cases intentional destruction," and a close reading of that review by DNAinfo Chicago reveals the extent of the latter. Show More Summary

This Again?

When all else fails, fall back on a failed strategy : Interim Chicago Police Supt. John Escalante said the department has employed multiple strategies to quell a significant spike in violent crime at the start of the New Year – including the shootings of 16 people over an 11-hour period on Monday, including five homicides. Show More Summary

Deadline Moved Again

We guess no one wants the job? The deadline to apply for the Chicago Police Department is right around the corner, yet the very people the police are trying to attract are not exactly lining up for the jobs. The push for new recruits,...Show More Summary

ComEd gets $4 million to build microgrid in Bronzeville 

ComEd is building a microgrid in Bronzeville and just received federal funding for its next step: solar power and battery storage that could eventually keep the Chicago Police Department headquarters and other key buildings running during a mass power outage.Illinois’ largest electricity utility received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Show More Summary

Chicago Police Dashcam Failures Highlight the Problem With New Cop Tech

Dashcams, bodycam, and other cop-tracking technology has been touted by community leaders and police departments alike as a tool for ensuring that the police are playing by the rules. A new report out of Chicago underscores one of the problems with this thinking. Read more...

Reporters Who Forced Chicago to Fork Over Police Data Win Knight News Challenge

last weekNews : Newsweek: US

Until recently, the public couldn’t get its hands on police misconduct complaints filed in Chicago. That information is still not made readily available by the city’s police department, but citizens and reporters can now obtain it with a freedom of information request, as a result of years-long litigation and a 2014 court decision. Show More Summary

The New Chicago Police Civil Rights Adviser Is A Smart Hire -- For Rahm Emanuel's Reputation

A veteran police commissioner hired to guide civil rights reforms in the embattled Chicago Police Department may end up salvaging not just the department's reputation, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel's, too.  The mayor announced Sunday he had...Show More Summary

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