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Co-Worker's Concerns Lead to Grisly Find in Chicago Home

Murder-suicide a 'possibility,' cops say

(Newser) - Chicago police on Thursday found the bodies of four men, one woman, and a child inside a home on the city's South Side in what police say is being investigated as an apparent multiple homicide. Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said it appeared to be an isolated incident... 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 »

Report: Chicago Cops Hide, Break, Disable Dashcam Microphones

That's why we don't have audio from the shooting of Laquan McDonald

(Newser) - The Chicago Police Department has a dashcam problem. DNAinfo Chicago looked at 1,800 police maintenance logs and found officers were preventing their dashcams from recording audio by stowing microphones in the glove compartment, removing batteries, and breaking antennas. And that's when the microphones were even present in the... More »

What the Lava Lamp Company Makes Now

Newly-named Lifespan Brands does party supplies, bathroom scales

(Newser) - The company that brought you the world famous Lava Lamp is changing its name: To better reflect its products, which now include a mix of party supplies and bathroom scales, Illiniois-based Lava Lite has rebranded itself Lifespan Brands. "We've grown the Lava Lite business, and buyers at stores... More »

2013 Video of Cop Shooting Chicago Teen Finally Public

It shows carjacking suspect Cedrick Chatman shot in street

(Newser) - Video footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 17-year-old black teen has just been released—three years after the actual event. As recently as Dec. 23, city attorneys were fighting to keep the Jan. 7, 2013, footage from being made public, but the city on Wednesday reversed course.... More »

Chicago's 2016 Gunshot Stats Are Incredible

More than 100 already shot and wounded

(Newser) - As of just Monday, already more than 100 people have been shot in Chicago this year. Police say the tally soared over the weekend when seven were shot dead and 30 others were injured by gunfire, the Chicago Tribune reports. Among the shootings were two teenagers gunned down on the... More »

Lawyers Say Police Threatened Witnesses, Faked Statements in Teen's Shooting

'Outright lies to cover up [the] illegal shooting' of Laquan McDonald

(Newser) - Attorneys for the family of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald , who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer in 2014, say police threatened at least three witnesses and tried to get them to change their stories to match the official account, CNN reports. They also allege police faked accounts when witnesses... 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 »

Cop Who Shot Laquan McDonald Enters Plea

Jason Van Dyke pleads not guilty to first-degree murder; next hearing is Jan. 29

(Newser) - Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct in the shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014. Van Dyke—whose lawyers say shot the 17-year-old 16 times because he feared for his life—made his first... More »

Chicago Deals With Another Controversial Police Shooting

City changes policy on officers involved in shootings

(Newser) - Chicago's police department is dealing with the fallout of another police shooting , this one leaving an innocent bystander dead along with a 19-year-old college student. It took place about 4am Saturday when police answered a disturbance call from a man who said his teenage son, home from college, was... More »

'Miracle Baby' Born After Mom Killed in Hit-and-Run

A suspect has been charged

(Newser) - A tragedy was followed quickly by a miracle on Christmas Eve when a hit-and-run driver plowed into a pregnant woman as she crossed a Chicago street. Karla Y. Leanos, 26, the mother of three and seven months pregnant, was killed in the incident, which happened just before 10pm in the... More »

Chicago Cop Fatally Shoots NIU Student, Mother of 5

Officer was responding to a domestic disturbance call

(Newser) - A Chicago police officer shot and killed two people early Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance call on the city's West Side, police said. Quintonio Legrier, a 19-year-old college student, was pronounced dead at a hospital at 4:51am and Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old mother of five who... More »

Firefighter Dies in Elevator Shaft Fall

Daniel Capuano couldn't see opening through smoke

(Newser) - A Chicago firefighter died early Monday after falling two stories down an elevator shaft while fighting a smoky blaze in a warehouse on the city's South Side. Firefighter Daniel Capuano, 42, was searching for the source of the blaze on the second floor, but he couldn't see because... More »

'Wake Up!' We Need Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

It doesn't always work, but it's a 'wake-up alarm,' say critics

(Newser) - Taking a page from the ancient Greek play Lysistrata and modern-day Chicago, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq centers on a women's movement to withdraw from sex in an attempt to curb gun violence on the South Side. It has particular meaning as homicides in the city rack up . Here's... More »

Rahm Emanuel: I'm Not Resigning

Chicago mayor fends off question in wake of police video

(Newser) - If Rahm Emanuel thought firing his police chief would relieve the pressure on him in Chicago over a police shooting, he learned otherwise Wednesday at a testy breakfast in which he was hit with questions about whether he would resign, reports Politico . "No," was the answer to journalists.... 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 »

Cop Seen Checking Burger King's Laquan Footage

Source says FBI found no evidence the video was tampered with

(Newser) - Photos may back up a Burger King manager's story that Chicago police officers deleted 86 minutes of surveillance video from the night Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times. Screen grabs from a camera inside an office at the eatery show at least one officer at a computer terminal on... More »

Feds: U of Chicago Threat Linked to Laquan Shooting

Suspect in custody allegedly vowed to execute 16 white males

(Newser) - Federal authorities say an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager. Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff at the school on Chicago's... More »

Chicago Cop Charged in Laquan Killing Posts Bail

Jason Van Dyke pays $150K, hits the streets

(Newser) - The Chicago police officer charged with killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has paid his $150,000 bond and walked out of jail, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. A judge set bail for officer Jason Van Dyke at $1.5 million earlier in the day. Meanwhile, authorities have released the dashcam video that... More »

Burger King Manager: 86 Minutes of Laquan Video Is MIA

He told grand jury huge chunk of footage disappeared after cops reviewed video

(Newser) - At least five different videos —including the disturbing dashcam video that shows Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke—have emerged in the 17-year-old's killing, but some important footage is missing, a Burger King district manager tells the Chicago Tribune . Jay Darshane... More »

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