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Black Friday Protest Takes Over Downtown Chicago

'Let them just feel the empty cash registers'

(Newser) - Instead of shopping, thousands of demonstrators in Chicago are taking to the streets on Black Friday to protest the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, as well as the way the city has handled the case, Reuters reports. According to the AP , the largest group... More »

Cops: Here's Why Chicago Boy, 9, Was Executed

He was killed in retaliation for murder of suspect's brother: cops

(Newser) - A man has been charged with murder in the slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago. The Cook County state's attorney's office identifies the boy's alleged killer as Corey Morgan, 27, per the Chicago Sun-Times . The Chicago Tribune calls him "a reputed member of the Terror... More »

New Videos Showing Laquan McDonald Released

Like the first, they include no audio of officers

(Newser) - A disturbing dashcam video isn't the only footage authorities have from the scene of Laquan McDonald's shooting in Chicago on Oct. 20, 2014. The Chicago Tribune has acquired videos from four additional police vehicles—including the one that carried Officer Jason Van Dyke before he shot the 17-year-old... More »

The Worst Part About That Chicago Cop Video

It's just how 'mundane' it is, writes journalist whose lawsuit made it public

(Newser) - A freelance journalist whose lawsuit forced Chicago cops to release the video of Laquan McDonald being shot to death thinks the video is most shocking because of how not-shocking it seems for the officers on scene. The shooting "horrifies in its banality," writes Brandon Smith in the Guardian... More »

Chicago Cop No Stranger to Complaints

Jason Van Dyke has had at least 18 lodged against him

(Newser) - The Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald was the subject of at least 18 citizen complaints before the October 2014 incident, reports WLS . Jason Van Dyke was accused of excessive force in 10 of those incidents over his 14-year career, including two when he... More »

Chicago Protesters Chant '16' After Video's Release

After release of Laquan McDonald video, 'people are mad as hell'

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Chicago Tuesday night soon after police released disturbing video of a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager, and the Chicago Sun-Times reports that they chanted "16"—the number of times Officer Jason Van Dyke allegedly shot 17-year-old Laquan... More »

'Disturbing' Video Shows Cop Shooting Black Teen 16 Times

Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald

(Newser) - Chicago is bracing for intense protests and demonstrations Tuesday evening after the city released an "extremely disturbing" video of the fatal shooting of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer in October 2014, Slate reports. The police dashcam video of the shooting allegedly shows Officer... More »

Chicago Cop Charged With Murder in Teen's Shooting

Video will be released by Wednesday

(Newser) - A white Chicago police officer accused of fatally shooting a black teenager was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, just a day ahead of a deadline for the city to release a squad-car video of the killing. It's believed to be the first time in city history an on-duty officer... More »

Source: Cop Who Shot Teen 16 Times to Be Charged

Chicago cops ordered to release video

(Newser) - County prosecutors are expected to charge a white Chicago police officer with murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager, an official close to the investigation says. The official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, says Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to be charged Tuesday. The charge would... More »

Fire Breaks Out in Chicago's Hancock Skyscraper

5 people were injured

(Newser) - Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. Five people were injured. Flames and thick smoke poured out of an east side window on the 50th floor Saturday. Authorities said the fire did not... More »

Chicago Area Braces for 8 Inches of Snow

Winter Storm Bella is about to hit the Midwest with a pre-Thanksgiving wallop

(Newser) - If you're one of those people who doesn't like hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving, you won't be pleased with weather news coming out of Chicago. Winter is arriving early in the form of a snowstorm in and around the city over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports.... More »

Open Letter to Chicago Men: Nix Gun Violence or No Sex

South Side woman was inspired by Spike Lee's new movie

(Newser) - Life in Chicago's violence-plagued South Side is far from normal. So when April Lawson recently spotted a whole bunch of guys hanging out, casually waiting for a new shoe store to open, she lost it. "You're watching these guys just ... buying gym shoes and carrying on like... More »

Funeral Called Off After Body Mix-Up

Chicago family horrified to discover matriarch had already been buried

(Newser) - When Monique Williams and her brother went to a Chicago funeral home Friday to ID her mom's body before her funeral the next day, they thought something was amiss. "[We said], 'That don't look nothing like Mom,'" Williams tells CBS Chicago . For one, the... More »

Cops: Chicago Boy, 9, 'Lured' Into Alley, Killed

Police call murder 'unfathomable,' 'abhorrent'

(Newser) - A 9-year-old Chicago boy who was fatally shot this week was "lured" from a park into an alley and executed because of his father's alleged gang connections, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Thursday of a crime he described as among the most "unfathomable" in his 35 years... More »

Murky Tale Emerges as Cops ID Dismembered Toddler

Kyrian Knox, 2, was reportedly left with a family friend in August

(Newser) - Police say they've identified the toddler whose body parts were found in a Chicago lagoon over Labor Day weekend. DNA evidence provided by the mother of a missing 2-year-old boy in Rockford, Ill., about 90 miles northwest of Chicago, has come back as matching the remains found in Garfield... More »

Chicago Violence Takes Aspiring Model's Life

Kaylyn Pryor had just signed with agency after competition win

(Newser) - "I always say the future is unwritten. You never know what will happen," Kaylyn Pryor said after accepting her trophy in Chicago on Sept. 25. An aspiring model, she beat out 500 applicants in a local modeling competition. Soon after, she signed with model agency Factor Women, and... More »

Another High School Football Player Is Dead

Andre Smith, 17, died Friday after taking a hit on the last play of a game

(Newser) - Another high school football player—17-year-old senior Andre Smith of Chicago's Bogan High School—has died following an on-field injury, the Chicago Tribune reports. Andre's stepfather, Dwayne Smith, tells the paper he heard Andre was hit on the last play of a game on Thursday, complained of a... More »

Report: Chicago Cops Hid 7K Suspects at 'Black Site'

Homan Square is a scary place, lawyers say

(Newser) - Over the course of 11 years, police in Chicago took more than 7,000 suspects to a "black site" for interrogation where their lawyers and families had no hope of finding them, according to documents obtained by the Guardian in its latest report on the notorious Homan Square warehouse.... More »

Dad Arrested After Boy, 6, Shoots Brother Dead

Chicago toddler shot during game of 'cops and robbers'

(Newser) - A Chicago man whose 3-year-old son was shot dead by his 6-year-old brother not only kept his illegal gun on top of the fridge, he told the older boy where it was, authorities say. Michael Santiago, 25, was charged with felony child endangerment causing death after the boy shot his... More »

74 Drug Overdoses Reported Over 72 Hours in Chicago

Authorities suspect heroin laced with painkiller

(Newser) - Chicago authorities are scrambling after 74 heroin overdoses were reported in the 72 hours between Tuesday and Friday afternoon, more than double the overdose rate during the same time last year, NBC Chicago reports. Police suspect an "extremely strong batch of heroin" that's been laced the powerful painkiller... More »

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