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Investigation Uncovers Serious Flaws With ShotSpotter Evidence

Chicago man spent nearly a year in jail based on algorithm

(Newser) - Michael Williams was arrested last August, accused of murdering a young man from his Chicago neighborhood who asked the 65-year-old for a ride during a night of unrest in May over police brutality. The key evidence came from video of a car driving through an intersection, and a loud bang...

Group Asks SCOTUS to Halt Obama Library Construction

They say it will wreck Chicago's Jackson Park

(Newser) - Work on Barack Obama's presidential library finally began this week—but the project's opponents want the Supreme Court to order an immediate halt. The Protect Our Parks group has filed an emergency request with Justice Amy Coney Barrett, arguing that the project will do irreparable harm to Jackson...

2 Young Sisters Shot After Getting Into Car

7-year-old killed in Chicago in 'gang conflict area'; 6-year-old sister is 'fighting for her life'

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was fatally shot and her 6-year-old sister was seriously wounded in Chicago when someone opened fire after the siblings had gotten into a parked a car, police said. The 7-year-old was shot in the chest and torso Sunday afternoon and was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical...

Dozens of Cops Turn Back on Chicago Mayor at Hospital

Lori Lightfoot went to offer support for injured police officer whose partner died in weekend shooting

(Newser) - Two Chicago police officers were shot during a Saturday night traffic stop, one fatally, and after the shooting, the city's mayor headed to the hospital where the surviving officer is said to be fighting for his life. That visit didn't go well for her. First, sources tell the...

Chicago Cops Shot, One Fatally, During Traffic Stop

The other is fighting for his life, officials say

(Newser) - Two Chicago Police Department officers were shot as they conducted a traffic stop Saturday night, one fatally. Ella French, 29, had been with the department since 2018, the Chicago Tribune reports. "She was the epitome of a good Samaritan," says her brother. "She was a humanitarian. She...

Man Walking Out of Jail Shot 64 Times

Two vehicles pulled up as Chicago man Londre Sylvester left Cook County Jail

(Newser) - Londre Sylvester had just received an electronic monitor and was walking from the Cook County Jail when two vehicles pulled up. Several men got out and opened fire, striking Sylvester 64 times, Chicago police said. The gunmen then drove away in different directions, WMAQ reports. Sylvester, 31, was pronounced dead...

20 Years Ago, Police Searched 5K Buildings for Bradley Sisters

Tionda and Diamond Bradley vanished from Chicago's South Side in 2001

(Newser) - On Tuesday in Chicago, a group of about 50 people called out "we love you Diamond and Tionda" as they released 20 balloons—20 because that's how many years the Bradley sisters have been missing. It's a case that launched what USA Today calls "one of...

Family: Student Hit by Stray Bullet Communicated His Wishes

Max Lewis was struck in the neck and paralyzed on way home from summer internship

(Newser) - "If I have to live like this, pull the plug please. Seriously." That's what the family of Max Lewis says the 20-year-old spelled out by blinking over the weekend. The family removed the University of Chicago student from life support on Sunday, just three days after he...

Holiday Weekend Results in Nearly 200 Fatal Shootings

Chicago had the worst numbers

(Newser) - The easing of the pandemic has been accompanied by a general spike in gun violence, with some mayors worried about what the summer will bring, notes NPR . The long Fourth of July weekend may have just provided an unwanted taste. The Gun Violence Archive counts 540 shootings over a 72-hour...

Tornado Rips Chicago Suburbs
Tornado Rips Chicago Suburbs

Tornado Rips Chicago Suburbs

More than 100 homes damaged, and at least 5 people hospitalized

(Newser) - A tornado swept through communities in heavily populated suburban Chicago, damaging more than 100 homes, toppling trees, knocking out power, and causing multiple injuries, officials said. At least five people, including a woman who was listed in critical condition, were hospitalized in Naperville, where 16 homes were left “uninhabitable"...

White Woman on 40-Day Hunger Strike Over Reparations

'My silence has allowed the systemic racism to continue,' says Rachelle Zola of Chicago

(Newser) - Chicago resident Rachelle Zola believes so strongly in slavery reparations that she's willing to die for them. Did we mention she's a 73-year-old white woman who didn't have a Black friend until 2015? "Am I willing to die for my brothers and my sisters when there'...

Cops: Gunman Dead After Killing 2 at Fire Hydrant Plant

4 killed, 4 injured in Chicago shooting

(Newser) - A worker wielding a handgun fatally shot two people and wounded two others at an Alabama fire hydrant factory early Tuesday before killing himself, police said. The shooting—which happened about 2:30am at a Mueller Co. plant in Albertville—adds to a slew of homicides around the country. Several...

Chicagoan Jumps Into Lake Michigan for 365th Straight Day

Bus driver started the plunges to ease tension and 'find moments of Zen'

(Newser) - A Chicago bus driver looking for a way to relieve stress during the coronavirus pandemic jumped into Lake Michigan for a 365th straight day on Saturday. Dan O'Conor said he started jumping into the lake at Montrose Harbor on the city's North Side last year to deal with...

Jack Black 'Heartbroken' by Death of School of Rock Co-Star

Drummer Kevin Clark was hit by car in Chicago

(Newser) - Jack Black says he is heartbroken by the death of School of Rock co-star Kevin Clark, who was hit and killed by a driver while biking in Chicago early Wednesday. The 32-year-old, who was 12 when he was cast as drummer Freddy "Spazzy McGee" Jones, stuck with drumming, not...

1K Cats Descend on Chicago to Take Down Its Rats

Hundreds of feral felines released by animal shelter to deal with city's rodent problem

(Newser) - Chicago has a rodent problem—one so bad the city has been deemed the "rattiest city" in the nation for the last six years. One local animal shelter has been hard at work combating the issue, using a rather low-tech method: It releases hundreds of feral cats onto the...

Man Allegedly Drove Truck Into Group of 'Yuppies With Dogs'

Chicago man charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - A man announced his intent before driving his pickup truck onto a grassy median on Chicago’s North Side and striking two people in a group he labeled yuppies with dogs, Cook County prosecutors said Monday. Timothy Nielsen, 57, was charged Monday with four counts of attempted murder and ordered...

7-Year-Old Girl Shot 6 Times at Chicago McDonald’s

Chicago mayor says she's 'heartbroken' after the shooting at a drive-thru Sunday afternoon

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was killed and her father seriously injured Sunday afternoon while they were waiting in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Chicago. Jaslyn Adams, a first-grader, was shot six times, the Chicago Tribune reports. Her father, Jontae Adams, 28, was struck once. A police officer responding...

Adam Toledo Shooting Puts Focus on Police Foot Chases
Adam Toledo Shooting Puts
Focus on Police Foot Chases
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Adam Toledo Shooting Puts Focus on Police Foot Chases

Chicago mayor wants a review

(Newser) - The fallout over the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago continues after the release of police bodycam video . Officer Eric Stillman shot the teen during a late-night pursuit down an alley. Coverage:
  • Foot chases: The shooting highlights the high-risk nature of foot chases by police, reports the

Unedited Video Out in Fatal Shooting of Adam Toledo, 13

Chicago teen's raised hands appeared to be empty

(Newser) - Bodycam and surveillance videos have been released in the fatal police shooting of Adam Toledo in Chicago March 29, though it's still not clear whether the 13-year-old boy was armed when officer Eric Stillman shot him in the chest. Per the Chicago Sun-Times , when bodycam footage is slowed down,...

Chicago Cop Kills Boy, 13, in 'Armed Confrontation'

Officials, activists calling for release of bodycam video in Adam Toledo's death

(Newser) - The last time Elizabeth Toledo saw her 13-year-old son, Adam, on Sunday, they attended a memorial service for a relative who had died. That night, she says, he snuck out, something he sometimes did while she slept. She reported him missing when he didn't return—and found out this...

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