Chicago Police

Chicago Police Misconduct? Settlements Cost Taxpayers $45 million in 2018

(Fox) The Chicago City Council Wednesday approved a settlement of nearly $3 million to the families of two people killed during a police chase, bringing the total amount of settlements approved so far this year for police misconduct to more than $45 million. The city’s law department says Wednesday’s vote by the full council follows…

Chicago Cops Speak about Saving 3-Year-old Girl Shot on South Side

(Sun Times Wire) It wasn’t his 3-year-old girl laid out on a sidewalk, with gunshot wounds to both her legs. But the horrifying scene outside a Back of the Yards church quickly became personal for Chicago police Officer Luis Saldana. “I’m thinking of my own family, my nieces, my nephews, my own children,” Saldana said…

Anti-Police Protests, Erupt Outside Mayor Emanuel’s Home

(Sun Times Wire) Five days after a Chicago police officer shot and killed Harith “Snoop” Augustus, protesters brought their cries for justice, and a letter laying out their demands, to the front steps of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Ravenswood home. “There is no reason that Rahm Emanuel should get to sit in his ivory tower, unscathed…

McCarthy against new CPD training academy, puts fourth Anti-Crime Strategy

(Sun Times Wire) Mayoral challenger Garry McCarthy vowed Monday to “eliminate political manipulation” of the Chicago Police Department and cancel plans to build a $95 million police academy in favor of restoring mental health clinics closed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This police academy is a shiny object that Rahm Emanuel can point to and say,…

Gun Violence in Chicago on the Decline for the 15th Month in a Row

(Fox) Gun violence continued to fall for the 15th month in a row, according to data provided by the Chicago Police Department. Other crimes, such as robberies, carjackings and car thefts also continued to decline. Compared to date last year, Chicago has seen 52 fewer murders and 229 fewer shootings, according to police. Robberies were…

Chicago Police will Deploy 1000 additional Cops for Memorial Day

(Fox) More than 1,000 extra Chicago police officers will be patrolling the city over Memorial Day weekend as part of the Chicago Police Department’s “summer deployment initiative” to be announced Tuesday morning. Over the weekend, residents can expect to see a heavier police presence throughout the city. Extra officers will be deployed on foot and…

State of Illinois Hired X Crooked Former Chicago Cop to Investigate Doctors

(Sun Times Wire) A former Chicago cop who was sentenced to federal prison for leaking sensitive police information to her gang-leader boyfriend was still able to land a job with the state of Illinois investigating doctors despite her criminal background, records show. In 2006, Officer Tashika Miner was arrested in a drug investigation called Operation…

2 Chicago Cops Accused of Stealing Cash, Drugs, Sharing Money with Snitches

(WLS) A police sergeant involved in an ABC7 I-Team investigation of botched CPD raids was charged Thursday with stealing cash and drugs during searches. Sgt. Xavier “X” Elizondo was indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago after allegedly submitting false affidavits to judges to obtain warrants. Elizondo and Chicago police officer David Salgado face…

Chicago Police Diversity Hiring, Fails to Attract Black Officers

(Chicago Tribune) Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has consistently stressed its intent to diversify the Chicago Police Department during its push to add more than 1,000 cops and change the image of a force beleaguered by controversial shootings of black men by white officers. The city succeeded at bringing black candidates into the early stages of…

New Study Blames ‘ACLU Effect’ for Spike in Chicago Violence in 2016

(Chicago Tribune) A new study blames Chicago’s sudden spike in gun violence in 2016 on the dramatic drop in street stops by Chicago police that year, but several crime experts quickly discounted its findings, particularly its conclusion that the Laquan McDonaldscandal wasn’t a factor. Chicago’s 58 percent jump in homicides in 2016 has fueled fierce debate about its…

CPD Handcuffed by ACLU Stop and Frisk Rules

(Sun Times Wire) The Chicago Police Department has “come a long way” to alleviate the concerns of civil rights activists about officers stopping minorities for questioning, a retired federal magistrate judge said in a report released Wednesday. Arlander Keys is studying cops’ stops under an agreement that took effect on Jan. 1, 2016 between the…

Chicago Cop Killer Charged

(WGN) A man with a long criminal history that includes a conviction for armed robbery has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Shomari Legghette, 44, was also charged with being a felon possession of a firearm and…