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Family: Deputies Stripped Our Dead Girl, Took Photos

As they were investigating a 2009 drunk-driving accident that killed 20-year-old Jessica Mejia, Cook County Sheriff's Officers stripped off all her clothes except for her underpants, placed her partially naked body on a tarp, and then took photos—all while in the view of onlookers and other emergency responders. Next...

Mom Does Right Thing

It still happens : A woman who boarded a CTA train in Oak Park on Monday afternoon was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by a 15-year-old boy, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.The entire incident on the eastbound Blue LineShow More Summary

The real possibility that Prosecutor Anita Alvarez deliberately tanked the Rekia Boyd murder case

Cook County Prosecutor Anita Alvarez This is the type of blog post that really won't make much sense unless you watch the video below the fold. It's the most important video I've shared in months and masterfully illustrates just why Chicago prosecutor Anita Alvarez is not to be trusted when it comes to prosecuting police officers. Show More Summary

Health Services At County Jails Could Get Big Boost Under Proposed Bill

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

With almost 10,000 on-site inmates, the Cook County Jail in Chicago is the size of a small city -- one in which roughly one-third of the population is mentally ill. Over the past few years, the CCJ has emerged as the single largest mental...Show More Summary

Lawsuit Over Nude Photos of DUI Victim Taken by Cook County Officers Goes to Court

3 days agoNews : Vice News

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office faces a lawsuit over nude pictures of a 20-year-old woman taken by officers after she was killed in a drunk-driving crash.

Police accused of stripping naked car accident victim, taking photos

4 days agoHumor / odd : Death and Taxes

In Cook County, Illinois, members of the sheriff's department are facing charges related to taking inappropriate, non-crime related photos of a victim's body after stripping her naked.

3 inmates stabbed during fight at Cook County Jail

Three inmates suffered stab wounds when a fight broke out at a medium-security wing of Cook County Jail Wednesday morning, authorities said. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, according to Chicago Fire Cmdr. Frank Velez, a spokesman for the department. The fight broke out around 8:30 a.m. Show More Summary

Lawsuit Over Nude Crime Scene Photos Headed To Court

A lawsuit alleging that members of the Cook County Sheriff's Office illegally stripped a young woman who died in a drunk-driving accident and photographed her naked body is finally heading to court next week. [ more › ]

Mother Sues Police for Taking Nude Photos of Daughter after Car Crash

After nearly five years, trial is set to begin next week in a lawsuit filed by the family of Jessica Mejia, a 20-year-old Chicago woman killed in a car crash caused by her ex-boyfriend. Mejia’s family is suing the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly undressing Jessica’s body after the crash and taking nude photos of her by the side of the road. Read more...

Cop who killed Rekia Boyd acquitted of all charges

Chicago police detective Dante Servin has been found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Rekia Boyd. A Cook County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Porter ruled that the state had failed to prove recklessness on Servin's part after he fired his unregistered handgun over his shoulder from inside his car into a dark alley, hitting Boyd in the back of the head.

Illinois Cops Accused Of Taking Nude Pics Of Female Crash Victim

Cops in Cook County, Illinois are under scrutiny after one woman has accused them of taking nude photos of her deceased daughter. KFOR News Channel 4 reports that when 20-year-old Jessica Mejia was killed in a 2009 car accident, multiple...Show More Summary

County With 5.2M People Will Dismiss Minor Pot Cases

An Illinois county with more people than most states is going to stop prosecuting minor pot cases as part of a major overhaul of how it deals with low-level drug offenses. Officials in Cook County—which includes Chicago, and is America's second most populous with around 5.2 million people—...

Judge says Berrios doesn't have to pay $10,000 ethics fine

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios doesn't have to pay $10,000 in fines leveled against him for hiring his relatives shortly after taking office, a judge has ruled.

What's behind Anita Alvarez's shift on drugs

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced Monday that she will stop prosecuting people arrested for misdemeanor or Class 4 felony possession of pot. When the county's chief law enforcement officer decides that cannabis gets too much attention for too low a return, it's pretty clear that...

Political benefit to Alvarez on marijuana plan

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s announcement Monday that she would stop prosecuting misdemeanor drug offenses comes as she faces a possible election challenge next year from the chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who has pushed to change the way the county...

Alvarez proposes steering minor drug offenders to treatment

The Cook County state's attorney's office will no longer prosecute most misdemeanor marijuana charges and will redirect nonviolent offenders charged with low-level felony heroin, cocaine and cannabis possession to drug treatment.

Judge throws out charges against Chicago cop in fatal off-duty shooting

In a surprise move Monday, a Cook County judge threw out all the charges against a veteran Chicago police detective who was on trial for fatally shooting a woman during an off-duty incident in March 2012. Judge Dennis Porter ruled that...Show More Summary

Cooking fire sparked Riverside County blaze, officials say

A brush fire that quickly spread through chest-high vegetation at Prado Dam near Corona was sparked by an unattended cooking fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Chicago prosecutor will stop busting people for small amounts of weed

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The Cook County State’s Attorney in Chicago plans to change how it handles low-level drug offenses, which will include the dismissal of future misdemeanor marijuana cases, a spokeswoman said on Sunday. Misdemeanor marijuana cases for possession of small amounts of the drug, which totaled...

We Give Up

Once again, an elected official bypassing the legislature and making up things as they go along: Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez will hold a news conference Monday to announce reforms to low-level drug offenses, includingShow More Summary

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