Chicago cops brace for trouble with release of shooting video

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

16 Arrested for Beirut Bombings.

CHICAGO – An attorney for a white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times says his client acted lawfully and urges the public not to rush to judgment based solely on a video of the shooting that’s to be released within days.

Attorney Dan Herbert told reporters Friday that Officer Jason Van Dyke is — in his words — “scared to death.” Herbert says the officer is concerned about the safety of his wife and two school-age children in the event the video prompts violence. The announcement follows Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama’s refusal to give the Chicago Police Department more time before the release while the city decided whether to appeal. Raids around the country dismantled “networks that were planning to carry out a series of similar operations [to those in Beirut], in more than one location,” a security source told Reuters.

Although McDonald was armed, a dashcam video that’s soon to go public reportedly reveals that the boy was shot 16 times in the back by a white officer as he retreated. Cy Fields of the New Landmark Baptist church states, “As a pastor I am morally curious about the content of this secretive CPD video that had to have a judge rule for its release.

The death of African-American suspects at the hands of police have triggered violent demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and New York City, but Chicago has, somehow, managed to escape such trouble in the streets. Within hours of the ruling, city officials first requested a stay of the decision pending an appeal, then reversed course, saying it would release the video before Thanksgiving. The potentially inflammatory video, showing the teen’s violent death, comes as protesters in cities and on college campuses across the country continue to demand an end to racially biased policies and policing.

A police source said hundreds of plainclothes tactical and gang officers were ordered to wear their uniforms after the Paris attacks to “ease people’s minds,” but authorities have not received any direct intelligence of a terror threat to Chicago. It also came as tensions were still high in Ferguson, Missouri, where in August 2014 a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, another unarmed black man. After reading media reports, this shooting sounds like an unjustified target practice on a human being followed by a cover-up to protect political interests.” “By all accounts the Laquan McDonald video we will see, will be inexcusable and a shock to our human conscience”, says Rev.

Officers had trailed McDonald after receiving calls about a man wielding a knife and at one point the teen slashed a front tire of a squad car, police said. Garry McCarthy, who got rave reviews for his deft handling of street demonstrations during the 2012 NATO Summit, huddled with top deputies and with Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo Friday to refine the city’s strategy for dealing with the demonstrators.

There are fears the footage could spark unrest similar to that in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, that sometimes grew violent, after other police-involved deaths of black men. Of particular concern, sources said, were officers routinely assigned to work in one-man squad cars, officers on bike and foot patrol in South and West Side neighborhoods plagued by gang violence and officers assigned to stand alone on fixed posts with no partner and no car. But on Thursday, Valderrama said the department did not have the legal right to withhold the video because other agencies including the FBI are the ones investigating, not Chicago police. Van Dyke, who has been the subject of 18 civilian complaints for allegations including misconduct and excessive force, has been stripped of his police powers, but remains at work on desk duty.

The Chicago City Council took the unusual step in April of approving a $5 million settlement with McDonald’s family, even though the family hadn’t filed a lawsuit, after being advised to do so by a city attorney who had seen the video. The upcoming holidays have made their burden even heavier, Williams said in a phone interview. “It’s the holiday season, depression is kicking in. He pointed to the ongoing federal investigation that Emanuel has strongly hinted may produce an indictment of Van Dyke before the video is released. “Whatever is on the video, there is a process in place.

And then nobody from the city of Chicago, elected officials or even pastors, want to sit down with you because they’re scared to be seen as supporting you. Van Dyke contends that McDonald — who was found to have the drug PCP in his bloodstream — was moving toward him and that he opened fire to protect himself.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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