On Friday, the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates Chicago Police Department misconduct, released nine video clips, taken from police body and dashboard cameras, that show the aftermath and events leading up to the fatal shooting an unarmed 18-year-old black man named Paul O’Neal by an officer, according to the New York Times.
A police oversight agency in Chicago has recommended firing an officer who made “an offensive racial remark” about Barack Obama during preparations for his visit to the city last year. While the oversight agency has not publicly disclosed what the remark was, the Washington Post, citing an official familiar with the investigation, reports that the officer referred to the president as a “nigger.”
Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal new information about Homan Square, the “black site” where Chicago police officers detained and interrogated arrestees without booking them or giving them access to a lawyer. Among the revelations: People were taken to Homan for infractions as minor as selling a bootleg Jay Z album.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has a long list of enemies. Near the top is the Chicago Teachers Union, with which he’s feuded for his entire tenure as mayor. This past Friday, the union staged a one-day strike, closing schools across the city in order to draw attention to their latest round of negotiations with the city, which wants the teachers to accept cuts to pay, staffing, and budgets.
The federal investigators who are tasked with determining whether Chicago Police Department cops are enforcing the law in a racially biased manner might start by listening to a police radio recording which surfaced online recently, in which a (presumably white) cop can be heard referring to his (presumably black) colleagues as “typical fucking niggers.”
Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago was canceled amid safety concerns this evening after an entire section of attendees turned out to be protestors, sending the arena and surrounding area into chaos.
If Laquan McDonald’s death at the hands of Chicago policeman Jason Van Dyke hadn’t been recorded on dashcam video, Van Dyke, like countless officers before him, might never have been arrested or charged with murder. A new DNAinfo report on the state of dashcams in Chicago squad cars illuminates just how close that was to happening.
On Thursday, videos of the fatal police shooting of Cedrick Chatman, a black teenager, by a white Chicago police officer in January 2013 were released. Police had said that Chatman pointed a dark object at police as he ran away, the Chicago Tribune reports. The object, it turned out, was a black iPhone box.
Further details emerged Sunday in the fatal police shooting that left two people, a teenager and his 56-year-old neighbor, dead this weekend, as the victim’s families demanded answers from the police department and mayor’s office. The Chicago Police Department is already under a separate federal civil rights investigation.