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Chicago Leads US in Murders, Lacks Detectives to Solve Them

The city has a murder clearance rate of 46%, one of the lowest in the US

(Newser) - The situation in Chicago looks dire. According to a Reuters report, the murder rate in America's third-largest city is skyrocketing while the number of detectives tasked with solving those homicides is dropping. Chicago is on pace to have more homicides this year than in any year since 1997. In... More »

Top Cop Wants 7 Officers Fired in Laquan McDonald's Killing

They're accused of filing false reports to cover up what actually happened

(Newser) - Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson recommended Thursday that seven officers be fired for their roles in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald , the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the AP , the officers are accused of violating Rule 14 against making false reports. Video released of the October... More »

Home to Surprise Mom, Chicago Cop's Son Shot Dead

'I wish this senseless killing would stop'

(Newser) - Arshell Dennis III was due to fly back to New York on Sunday after a surprise visit home to Chicago for his sick mother's birthday, reports the Washington Post . Instead, the son of a Chicago police officer was shot dead. Police say Dennis, 19, was sitting on his family’... More »

Muslim Woman Sues Over 'Nightmare' With Chicago Cops

Surveillance video shows Itemid Al-Matar forced to the ground

(Newser) - A Muslim woman is suing the city of Chicago and six police officers claiming they assaulted her at a train station. Itemid "Angel" Al-Matar's lawsuit, filed Thursday, claims officers grabbed her as she climbed the stairs of the downtown CTA State/Lake stop on July 4, 2015, then slammed... More »

Guy Announces He's Suing Cops, Gets Arrested

Chicago police say he killed a man less than 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - If Dominiq Greer didn't know there was a warrant out for his arrest at the start of a press conference on his lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department, he did at the end of it: The 25-year-old was arrested on a murder warrant as soon as he walked out... More »

Chicago Sees Deadliest January in at Least 16 Years

Homicides hit 51, a number more typically seen in the summer months

(Newser) - A father of three shot dead as he left a New Year's Eve party is just one of 51 people killed in Chicago this month in the deadliest January the city has seen since at least 2000, the earliest year for which public statistics are available. The number of... More »

Every Chicago Cop Will Soon Carry a Taser

Mayor Rahm Emanuel changing policy after high-profile shootings

(Newser) - Today, about 20% of Chicago police officers have a Taser on hand when responding to calls. By June 1, that figure will be up to 100% with each officer trained in how to use the devices, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says, per CNN . The changes in policy also will... More »

Feds to Probe Chicago Police

The Justice Department gets involved

(Newser) - The Justice Department is expected to announce this week a civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department similar to probes of police departments in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. The decision to investigate was confirmed to the AP by a person familiar with the decision who wasn't authorized to... More »

Mayor Emanuel: Chicago Police Chief Is Out

Superintendent Garry McCarthy is fired in wake of Laquan McDonald video

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday the firing of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, the AP reports, just a week after the release of dashcam video that showed the 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of Officer Jason Van Dyke. "This morning, I formally asked for [McCarthy'... More »

Chicago Cops Didn't Want You to See This Photo

Officers posed with 'hunted' black man

(Newser) - Two white police officers holding rifles pose over a black man wearing deer antlers in a shocking photo that city lawyers tried to keep from the public. The photo, which surfaced a few years ago and is believed to have been taken sometime between 1999 and 2003, led to the... More »

Report: Chicago Police Have 'Domestic Black Site'

'Guardian' says people detained at Homan Square facility without due process

(Newser) - You've likely heard of "black sites" operated by the CIA at which prisoners are interrogated off the grid and without due process. Well, an investigation released yesterday by the Guardian asserts that the Chicago Police Department has something similar—a former Sears warehouse on the west side of... More »

'Sweet Home Alabama' Gets Cop in Trouble at Chicago Protest

Officer played song at demonstration against police tactics

(Newser) - The Chicago Police Department says it will discipline an officer who played "Sweet Home Alabama" over a police-cruiser loudspeaker during a march protesting police treatment of African Americans. The song is considered an anthem to Southern pride. Some interpreted his playing of the song during last week's march... More »

Chicago Cops Sue City, Say Mayor Rahm Played Politics

They were booted from his security detail, replaced by supporters

(Newser) - Eleven Chicago cops have sued the city, accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of playing politics with his security detail. They say they were removed from the detail and replaced by officers who worked on Emanuel's campaign in some fashion, reports the Chicago Tribune . The officers, all of whom are Hispanic... More »

Chicago's Tab for Protecting Obama's Home: $2.2M

Unclear if feds will kick in more than $1.5M

(Newser) - The Chicago police have spent at least $2.2 million watching over Barack Obama’s home since his November election, city documents reveal. The federal government will reimburse the $1.5 million racked up from November until the January inauguration, but the city is on its own for the $650,... More »

K9 Who Bolted Thunder Rumble Is Reunited With Partner

Chicago police dog ran off 4 days ago

(Newser) - A Chicago police dog is back home after disappearing four days ago amid a thunderstorm, the Chicago Tribune reports. A man spotted Bear, dirty but unharmed, near a cemetery yesterday. The 2-year-old German shepherd was likely hunting small animals in nearby woods, said his relieved partner, who has been chasing... More »

Phony Cop, 14, Fakes Out Police 'Co-Workers'

Fooled even partner on patrol

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy posing as a Chicago traffic cop rode in a patrol car with a partner and completed five hours of a shift before anyone realized something was wrong. The teen turned up at a South Side police precinct in full uniform and fooled everyone except a single sergeant,... More »

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