The Latest: Chicago mayor ‘sorry’ for fatal police shooting

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chicago Reopens Probe Into Cops’ Use Of Taser In Jail Cell.

The embattled mayor addressed the City Council on Wednesday regarding the policing crisis that has led to a U.S. In both incidents, seven to eight burglars made forcible entry to the clothing stores and removed a large quantity of merchandise, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a special City Council meeting to discuss the police department that’s now at the center of the biggest crisis of his administration.On Tuesday, the case was sent back to the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) after CBS 2 investigator Dave Savini pushed to get the video released. “They don’t have it in their reports that when those two officers pulled their guns on my son, they were going to shoot him,” Percy Coleman said. “I stood up in front of them and said, ‘You are not going to kill my son.’ ” The fact that the officers were initially cleared by IPRA “shows you that this cover-up is systemic and it’s decades deep in the Chicago police department,” Percy Coleman said. The Wednesday speech comes as Emanuel tries to restore the trust and confidence of residents in both the police force and his own leadership amid fallout over the release of a video showing the killing of a black teen by a white officer.

He said gun violence has become “normalized” as the city grapples with gang violence and how to reform a police force with a decades-old reputation for brutality. Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who appeared in the video to be walking away from Van Dyke as he was shot. The footage — ordered released by a judge and made public hours after Van Dyke was charged — set off a chain of events that captured the attention of the country. Days of protests and marches followed the video’s release, including one that on the busiest shopping day of the year partially shut down the city’s most famous shopping district, Michigan Avenue.

He also said that the department’s “supervision and leadership,” as well as the oversight agencies “failed.” “I take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch. At least four different groups are planning protests throughout the day in and around Chicago’s City Hall to draw attention to cases of alleged abuse by police officers. A few days later, Emanuel announced that he had demanded and received the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, created a new task force for police accountability and expanded the use of body cameras.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a Justice Department civil rights investigation to determine if there are patterns of racial disparity in the police department’s use of force. Since then, Emanuel has forced the police superintendent to resign, brought in a new head of an agency that investigates police shootings and fended off calls for his own resignation. That video was released Monday during a presentation in which Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said her office would not charge the officer.

While a police review board previously found the officers’ actions justified, Emanuel said he did not see how the treatment of the man — who later died following a reaction to an antipsychotics drug — could “possibly be acceptable” and said he did not consider the investigation closed.

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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