UPDATE, Mother Charged after Girl age 5 Shoots Herself

A woman is facing a child endangerment charge after her 5-year-old daughter accidentally shot herself Tuesday night in their home on Chicago’s West Side. Larrinita Starks, 22, was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor child endangerment, police said Wednesday. Starks’ daughter was inside their home in the 3700-block of West Ferdinand Street in the…

Palos Park TEEN Killer GUILTY in Brutal Beating Deaths of his Parents

A jury deliberated less than two hours before delivering a guilty verdict for a former Palos Park man accused of grooming three friends to murder his parents. John Granat, 22, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder of his parents, John and Maria Granat. Granat was emotionless as the verdict was announced. Maria’s…

Chicago, 50 More Bank Robberies this Year than last Year

Almost 50 more banks were robbed in the Chicago area in 2016 than in the previous year, according to the FBI. In 2016, 193 banks were robbed in the Chicago area; and in 2015, 144 banks were robbed, according to FBI spokesman Garrett Croon. Croon said there is no definitive reason for the increase, though…

FBI, Bank Robberies on Fridays, Fuel Drug, Booze, Gambling Habits

After a drop in 2015, the number of bank robberies in the Chicago area jumped 34 percent in 2016, the FBI said. The most common day to rob a bank? Friday — for quick cash to fuel addictions, the FBI says. “It is FBI Chicago’s opinion that bank robberies occur mostly on Friday so that…

Chicago Police Shot and Killed a Man that Shot another in Englewood


IPRA, which investigates officers’ use of force and alleged misconduct, is still reviewing the case. The agency has a self-imposed policy of releasing video and police reports within 60 days of officer-involved shootings. Two camera angles show a fight spilling onto 69th Stre...

IPRA, which investigates officers’ use of force and alleged misconduct, is still reviewing the case. The agency has a self-imposed policy of releasing video and police reports within 60 days of officer-involved shootings.

Two camera angles show a fight spilling onto 69th Street near Damen Avenue about midnight, with one man pulling out a gun and firing toward a group of people who scatter. A squad car that happened to be at the intersection pulls up and the officers get out with guns drawn, as the man walks in their general direction with the gun still in his hand. That’s when the officers open fire.

A police statement at the time said the officers were on patrol and “repeatedly ordered” the gunman to drop his weapon before shooting him multiple times.

Jones, who lived nearby, died within the hour, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy ruled that he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The 26-year-old man Jones allegedly shot in the abdomen was taken to the same hospital in critical “but stable” condition, authorities said. The men knew each other, and the initial shooting was not considered random, police said.

Investigators recovered a weapon at the scene, and the two officers were placed on desk duty for 30 days, per CPD policy.

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Bloody Chicago, 2 Dead, 11 Wounded in Shootings on Tuesday

Two men were killed and at least 11 other people were wounded in shootings Tuesday across the city, according to Chicago Police. Most recently, a man was shot to death in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Juwan Kemp, 26, was driving north at 11:27 p.m. in the 100 block of North Central when…

Subway Shooting in Chatham, 1 killed, 2 wounded

A man was fatally shot and two more people were wounded inside a Subway restaurant in the South Side Chatham neighborhood, according to Chicago Police. It happened about 8:30 p.m. in the first block of West 79th Street when a gunman walked in, opened fire and then ran away, police said. A 28-year-old man shot…

Girl Age 5 Accidentally Shot Herself in East Garfield Park

A 5-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the abdomen inside an East Garfield Park neighborhood home Tuesday night on the West Side, according to Chicago Police. She got a hold of a handgun about 8 p.m. at the home in the 3700 block of West Ferdinand, police said. The girl’s family took her to Rush…

John Granat Showered his Friends with Gifts to Murder his Parents

BRIDGEVIEW, IL — John Granat was so motivated by hatred for his parents that he groomed his friends to murder them so he could inherit their businesses and money, prosecutors claimed at the long-awaited launch of the double-murder trial of Granat and former best friend Christopher Wyma. Cook County prosecutors Deborah Lawler and Donna Norton…

Bloody Chicago, 8 Dead, 24 Wounded in MLK Weekend Shootings

Thirty-two people have been shot across the city over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, leaving eight dead, according to Chicago Police. About 1:10 a.m. Monday, a 36-year-old was standing outside in the 2200 block of West Chicago in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood when someone in a black SUV opened fire, striking him…

Man Charged with Murder in Double Melrose Park Shooting

A man has been charged with murder for a shooting that left a man dead and a 14-year-old boy critically injured early Tuesday in west suburban Melrose Park, police said. Ellezer Torres, 22, was charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, according to Melrose Park police. A gunman…

Chicago Police Officer Charged with Felony for Sex with a Minor

A Chicago Police officer who was employed as a security guard at a Chicago Public School has been charged with having a sexual relationship with an underage girl who attended the high school where he worked. Eugene Ciardullo, 51, was charged with one felony count of criminal sexual assault of a victim between 13 and…

MLK Day Weekend, 3 Dead, 5 Wounded in Chicago Shootings

Eight people were shot across the city in the first 12 hours of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, leaving three dead, according to Chicago Police. The most recent killing happened about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in Englewood on the South Side, where at least five people went into a house in the 6000…

DOJ Report, Includes Targeted Tales of Deadly Force, Dangerous Practices by CPD

The Department of Justice’s sweeping report into the Chicago Police Department offers stark anecdotes of deadly force, including officers firing shots in residential neighborhoods, and “dangerous practices” like taking people into gang-rival territories to “display” them. To build the case that the police department has systemic problems, Justice Department investigators interviewed 1,000 city residents, as…

DOJ Report Blasts Chicago Police for Excessive Force, Bad Training


In perhaps the most damning, sweeping critique ever of the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded Friday that the city's police officers are poorly trained and quick to turn to excessive and even deadly force, most often against blacks and Latino resid...

In perhaps the most damning, sweeping critique ever of the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded Friday that the city’s police officers are poorly trained and quick to turn to excessive and even deadly force, most often against blacks and Latino residents, without facing consequences.

The 164-page report, the product of more than a year of investigation, paints the picture of a department flawed from top to bottom, although many of the problems it cites have, for decades, been the subject of complaints from citizens, lawsuits by attorneys and investigations by news organizations.

Former Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy: DOJ didn’t even interview me for report

As such, the report is an indictment of sorts of city officials who, the report said, have paid lip service to the community’s complaints as well as the need for reform of the Police Department and the various city agencies responsible for its oversight.

Taken together, the Chicago Police Department’s flaws have “helped create a culture in which officers expect to use force and not be questioned about the need for or propriety of that use,” the Justice Department said in its report, made public Friday by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

In response to the federal investigation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed to enter a court-enforced agreement with the Justice Department on a wide range of reforms, Lynch and other officials announced. While the report lauds some of the changes Emanuel has made to policing in recent months, it cautions that further reforms are needed and that real change is unlikely to last without outside monitoring.

What’s more, the report takes Emanuel to task for his efforts to get ahead of the report, saying some efforts have been insufficient.

For his part, the mayor continued to voice his backing of the federal investigation while at the same time insisting the report’s findings of systemic problems don’t portray most cops.

“The incidents described in this report are sobering to all of us,” he said. “Police misconduct will not be tolerated anywhere in the city of Chicago, and those who break the rules will be held accountable for their actions. Misconduct not only harms the individuals affected, it damages the reputation of the Chicago Police Department.

“At the same time, it is important to recognize that the incidents of misconduct cited in this report do not represent the values of the city of Chicago. And I believe firmly they do not represent the good work of the vast majority of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, I said it earlier, who put their lives on the line every day.”

At a news conference, Lynch said the department’s pattern of excessive force “is in no small part the result of severely deficient training procedures and accountability systems.”

“CPD does not give its officers the training they need to do their jobs safely, effectively and lawfully,” Lynch said. “It fails to properly collect and analyze data, including data on misconduct complaints and training deficiencies, and it does not adequately review use-of-force incidents to determine whether force was appropriate or lawful or whether the use of force could’ve been avoided altogether.”

All of these issues, she said, have led to “low officer morale and erosion of officer accountability.”

The investigation was launched after the court-ordered release of a video showing a white police officer shoot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. The incident became a flashpoint in police-community relations after Emanuel and city officials worked to keep the video from the public for about a year.

In its findings, the Justice Department was particularly critical of foot pursuits by officers — the subject of a recent Tribune investigation. The report said the foot chases too often end with unarmed individuals being shot. The Justice Department also faulted officers for shooting at vehicles without justification.

The report hammered hard at how officers fail to de-escalate tense situations, often resulting in shootings that were avoidable and unnecessarily endangered officers as well. The Justice Department ripped officials responsible for investigating police shootings and other uses of force for failing to hold officers accountable or issue meaningful discipline.

The report cited a pervasive “code of silence” that leads officers to lie to protect themselves and colleagues. Disciplinary authorities, in turn, have rarely brought cases against officers who lied, even when their statements were contradicted by video, while officers are almost never held accountable for even the worst shootings, it found.

Although the vast majority of the report was critical of the police, it also suggested that officers were victims of a sort — desperate for change but poorly served by a lack of training that often put them in harm’s way. Continue Reading

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2 Men Charged with Fatal West Side Shooting in 2015

Two men have been charged with gunning down another man and wounding two more in an Austin neighborhood shooting that happened more than a year ago on the West Side. Jarell Miller, 22, and Miguel Wilson, 26, face counts of first-degree murder in the Aug. 24, 2015, killing of 24-year-old William Carter, according to Chicago…

Bloody Chicago, 1 Dead, 4 Wounded in Shootings on Thursday

Four people were shot in separate attacks within 90 minutes of each other Thursday night on the South and Southwest sides, leaving one man dead, according to Chicago Police. The fatal attack happened about 9:30 p.m. in the Little Village neighborhood’s 2700 block of South Homan, where a black SUV pulled up and opened fire…

Train Robberies in Chicago Supply Gangs with GUNS

Chicago streets are marked with the remnants of gun violence. In a continuing look at how illegal guns are flowing into Chicago, WGN Investigates shows that modern day train robberies are bringing hundreds of guns to our city. The train robberies of the past are legendary, glorified in the movies. There are stories of shoot…

McCarthy Blasts Feds Views on Policing on the Eve of DOJ Report

Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy blasted the Justice Department on Thursday, saying the feds have wrongly focused on whether officers have been stopping African-Americans disproportionately. McCarthy also blamed City Hall for “flipping over the table” on Chicago cops in 2016. On Friday, the Justice Department is expected to release findings of constitutional violations by…

Chicago Gun Trafficker gets more than 5 Years in Federal Prison

A Chicago man has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for illegally possessing and trafficking two dozen handguns, most of which were stolen from a train shipping firearms on the South Side in 2015. Warren Gates, 49, had 24 stolen firearms, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office. Seventeen…