Chicago Police

ACLU Pissed at CPD Commander for Setting Number of Gang Banger Stops

Civil rights advocates on Thursday said a memo by a Chicago police commander appeared to set illegal quotas for cops to stop suspected gang members for traffic violations. Anthony Escamilla, commander of the Grand Central police district, launched a mission to address “an uptick in violence between the Spanish Cobras and Latin Brothers,” according to…

Chicago Alderman Wants to Arm Cops with Assault Rifle Fire Power

Watch for four Chicago aldermen — all former cops — to pull the trigger so more police officers can use military-style assault rifles since the shooting of two on-duty Deering District police officers on Tuesday night. Sneed has learned the cadre of aldermen not only want more Chicago Police to be able to use so-called…

Chicago Police Start New Crime Tip Line

In an effort to be more accessible to city residents and to use newer technology, the Chicago Police Department is introducing another digital platform for citizens to report criminal activity. The website — — is designed to be more user-friendly than its predecessor, TXT2TIP. Unlike TXT2TIP, the new site will run smoothly on mobile…

Brother of Chicago Police Officers Girlfriend, Killed Him for Gun Collection

An off duty Chicago police officer was lured to a quiet neighborhood on the Southwest Side and killed by his girlfriend’s teenage brother in a botched plan to steal his gun collection, Cook County prosecutors alleged Tuesday. The slaying of Chicago police Officer David Blake in 2010 was a “cold-blooded execution,” prosecutors said during opening…

Obama Reformer Named New Watchdog Overseeing Police Misconduct Probes

A research scientist who helped lead the nationwide effort to reform policing during the Obama Administration was named Thursday to oversee investigations of police misconduct in Chicago. Laura Kunard, a senior research scientist for justice programs for CNA, a non-profit research organization in Arlington, Virginia, was picked by City Inspector General Joe Ferguson to be…

AG Sessions Orders Review of Obama Era Reforms Targeting CPD

The Chicago Police Department plans to forward with reforms, even after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took aim at an agreement reached under the Obama administration. A memo from Sessions said it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies. The problem is, Chicago police have been waiting for…

Driver Killed by Chicago Police SUV Responding to Shots Fired Call

Chicago police officers were involved in a fatal car crash on the city’s South Side overnight. The crash happened around 10:40 p.m. Monday as officers were responding to a call of gunshots fired in the Roseland neighborhood. The tactical officers were heading northbound on Michigan Avenue with their emergency equipment activated, when a 1998 Honda…

Trump Meets with Nations Police Union Leaders, Including Chicagos Dean Angelo

President Donald Trump met with police union leaders from across the country on Tuesday, including Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo. With more than 700 murders last year, Trump has called Chicago’s violence “out of control.” Trump opened a “listening session” in Washington, D.C., by thanking the FOP for supporting him in the…

Chicago Stop and Frisk Numbers Drop, Due to ACLU Lawsuit

A study of the Chicago Police Department’s stop-and-frisk procedures released Friday revealed a dramatic decrease in the number of stops since an American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois lawsuit, but found that officers were still targeting racial minorities. The report by former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, the first one issued under an agreement the…

CPD Investigation of Officer that helped 3 Young Girls, HARMS MORALE

The Chicago Police Department is investigating one of its officers after he helped three young girls found living in an abandoned home. The officer set up a GoFundMe page for the girls who were known as the Englewood Angels. The police department said the officer violated its policy by helping the girls. Chicago Police Sergeant…

Chicago Top Cop Pushes Lawmakers for Tougher Gun Laws

A proposal to toughen the state’s gun laws on repeat offenders is one step closer to becoming law. Today it got a big push forward from Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Johnson was in Springfield Thursday and made an urgent plea for help from state lawmakers. He’s been arguing for tougher sentences for repeat gun…

Chicago Police Use of Force Policy Falls Short

Pulling back on proposed rule changes that upset some rank-and-file officers, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has proposed a new use-of-force policy that is less restrictive than the one he floated five months ago. A draft policy released in October drew complaints from both officers and police reform advocates. Some officers said the draft policy was…

New Attorney General, Focusing on Violence Rather than CPD Reforms

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent the clearest signal yet that the Trump administration may not keep pressing reforms to policing in Chicago, sowing uncertainty as to how much change will come to a Police Department the previous administration branded as systemically abusive. In his first major speech since being appointed by President Donald Trump,…

12 Chicago SWAT Team Members Suspended

A dozen Chicago SWAT officers have been suspended for a critical mistake during a barricade situation. It was a volatile situation that unfolded on Chicago’s Southeast Side December 1st. The Commander of the 4th District, Noel Sanchez, was working in the 8800 block of South Sanginaw when his unmarked police car was shot at and…

Chicago Police Officer Fired for Shooting 16 times at Wrong Car

A longtime Chicago police officer was fired Thursday night for shooting 16 times at the wrong car during an off-duty incident more than five years ago. In an 8-0 vote, the Chicago Police Board voted at its monthly meeting to dismiss Officer Francisco “Frank” Perez for the 2011 shooting outside a Mexican restaurant in the…

Police Training Video has nothing to do with the Violence Plaguing CHICAGO

The ABC 7 I-Team learned Tuesday that the Chicago Police Department has stopped using a controversial training video that was sharply criticized by federal investigators. The video was made 35 years ago and was “clearly out of date,” according to a Justice Department report issued in January. The video was produced in 1982 and hosted…

Lawsuit Filed against City over Police Chase that Killed 2 Robbery Suspects

The family of one of two robbery suspects killed when police collided with their fleeing car has filed a lawsuit against a Chicago police officer they say recklessly caused the death of the man.

Ronald Arrington, 22, and Jimmy Malone, 26, died after leading state and city police on a high-speed chase that began with a robbery at an Arby’s in Tinley Park and ended in a violent crash in a block of homes in the West Pullman neighborhood on the south side of Chicago.

Two police officers were also injured in the July 1 crash.

Arrington’s mother, Juanita Arrington, filed the lawsuit in Cook County Wednesday against the city of Chicago and Officer Dean W. Ewing, alleging “willful and wanton negligence.”

Ewing was behind the wheel of an unmarked SUV that collided with the suspects’ gold Grand Prix near 124th Street and Union Avenue while responding to the chase.

“Officer Ewing accelerated his vehicle to the point where he traveled 30 to 50 mph above the speed limit,’’ the suit states. Ewing’s SUV “rammed” the Grand Prix and caused it to “overturn in a burst of dust and smoke.”

Ewing “engaged in willful and wanton negligence by speeding in a residential neighborhood, pursuing the car over an extended distance and time, creating an increased risk of danger to the public and passengers in the gold Grand Prix,” the suit contends.

Ewing “failed to abandon’’ the chase when circumstances warranted termination, according to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified dollar amount in damages.

Dashcam videos from several police cars captured the chase and crash.

The chase began on the off-ramp of Interstate 57 near 127th Street after a robbery at an Arby’s, police said.

A video from a state police car shows a gold car stopped on an off-ramp of Interstate 57 near 127th Street. A trooper repeatedly yells, “Step out! Step out! Step out!” But the car makes a U-turn and speeds off through a motel parking lot.

The chase continues through at least one red light, down an alley, across a vacant lot, barely missing a parked van, and then down a one-way street, where it collides with the police SUV in a burst of smoke and dust.

The car flips over and the SUV spins around. Both come to rest against a brick home on the corner of 124th Street and Union Avenue. A tire flies across the road.

“Oh sh–! Chicago, give me Fire!” a trooper yells into his radio as he pulls up to the scene. “CPD just got into a 10-50 with him! Get me Fire out here!” A 10-50 is a traffic accident.

The officer swears and shouts, “Are you guys all right? Get me Fire out here! I got three of these guys I think! CPD is injured, but they’re alive!”

In a dashcam video from another police car, two officers stumble out of the crashed SUV. One of them puts his head to the ground and rolls onto his back, his right hand clutching his forehead. The other lays on his back near the car and tries to sit up before lying down again.

At least one suspect is ordered onto the ground, and another is seen being handcuffed in the videos, which were released by the Independent Police Review Authority. Two other suspects, Arrington and Malone, were killed.

The suspects who survived were charged with robbery: Michael Cokes, 26, of Alsip, and Isiah Stevenson, 24, of Matteson.

As of mid-October, Cokes and Stevenson both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft charges, according to the Will County clerk’s website.

Autopsies determined Arrington and Malone, 26, of the 12400 block of South Union Avenue in Chicago, died of multiple injuries from a motor vehicle collision and their deaths were ruled accidents, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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Chicago Police Swear in 108 New Cops

If one of the solutions to fixing Chicago’s violent crime problem is putting more officers on the street, the city took a step in that direction on Thursday. The largest class of recruits in recent memory graduated at Navy Pier. Bagpipers welcomed one of Chicago’s biggest class of police recruits onto the job: 108 brand…