Episode 7 - Baseball, Part 1 of series on education, Chicago, and record number of outtakes
Michael and Julian discuss:
- Baseball. We both love baseball; we explain why. Julian tells a long story about the longest baseball game
- Part 1 of a series on Education. With help from Daughter #1 and #2, Julian compares the UK and US education systems. This week, we cover the structure and history and answer a few basic definitional questions
- Chicago. It's my kind of town, says Michael
- Bloopers. It's a bumper week for outtakes. Michael boasts that he has done some preparation this week and has more trouble with household technology. Daughter #1 and Julian struggle to understand the relative numbering of years/grades in the UK/US education systems.
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You Put Your Arms Around Me, And I’m Home.
I’m one of the ones not currently mad at Hailey for ‘lying’ to Jay and empathize with her need to not talk about it right now.
That being said, this is how I PERSONALLY wish 8x04 had ended.
Warning: upstead cuteness, involves domestic abuse. If this is a touchy subject for you then I will advise you not to read it. Happy reading everyone!
Soon as the knock came at her door, Hailey didn’t need to check the peephole. She knew it was gonna be her boyfriend on the other side.
That was their thing. She had a heavy day, both personally and professionally. And Jay was gonna come by to check on her, no matter how many times she claimed to be ‘fine’.
“Hey.” She smiled, letting him step inside her place. That smile was different now. This was definitely not the first time she was greeting him at her front door, but that smile said so many unspoken things it didn’t before they got together.
“Hey.” Jay returned, crossing the threshold. “Beer?” Hailey looked at him and asked, as she closed the door.
She’d never admit it out loud, but she much preferred being in Jay’s company than being alone with her thoughts, especially on heavier days like today was.
“Yeah, sure.” Jay smiled, the two of them moving towards the kitchen. Hailey opened up the fridge and pulled out a second beer, leaving it on the counter top beside the one she’d just started.
“So, how’d it go?” Jay asked her, depositing his jacket on the back of the couch. The last they spoke, she was on her way out to head over to MED to check on her dad.
Knowing how much of a toll all of this had taken on her the last few days, he hoped he’d get a little more of an expanded answer than ‘it went well.’
“Uh…” Hailey trailed off, searching for her words. She even contemplated fibbing for a second, in an attempt to be done with the topic that much faster.
Tears immediately welled up in her eyes as she looked back at him. “I’m sorry, Jay…” She cried, immediately making worry wash over him.
This wasn’t her. Hailey Upton didn’t cry in front of anyone, let alone a guy. But something felt different with Jay. She didn’t feel the need to put on a brave face or wait till he was gone to let her façade crack.
“I just couldn’t do it…” A sob escaped her. “No, Hailey…” Jay stepped up to her and wrapped his arms around her back, their beers now totally ignored for the moment.
Jay took her by the hand, leading them over to the couch. He sat down against the arm, bringing his girlfriend down into his arms.
Hailey leaned against his chest, her arms around his neck and her head in the crook of it.
Hailey broke down in his arms, finally letting the floodgates fly open and release everything she’d kept in all day, that she fought back at the hospital and kept pressed down until he got here.
Finally being allowed for the first time in her life to feel something and have someone hold her while she did.
“But you did go.” Jay guessed. To which Hailey nodded her head in confirmation. “I just…” Another sob escaped her. “I saw him there. In the room… I haven’t seen him in… forever. But everything just came back in a single second… and I almost broke down right then and there.
The walls started closing in, my throat got real tight, tears I was pushin’ back were blurring my vision…” Hailey went on.
“You drove during a panic attack?” Jay worried all over again, as if she wasn’t currently safely locked in his arms. “Hails, one phone call and I would’ve been there to bring you home.” She shook her head.
“I didn’t wanna disappoint you.” Hailey cried, crushing his heart. “Baby no…” He dropped, squeezing her tighter, if it were possible.
He pressed a kiss against her crown, breathing in that intoxicating vanilla scent. “I didn’t mean to tell you what to do, Hails. And I’m so sorry I dumped what happened with my dad onto you. That wasn’t my place, that wasn’t fair or appropriate.
Your thing with your dad… that is so far from what my situation was with mine. And I know it’s not as simple as just walkin’ into a room and goin’ to see him.” Jay assured her.
“I… I can’t forgive him.” Hailey cried. “That’s okay…” Jay breathed calmly against her head, gently rocking her.
Another sob escaped the blonde. “I took one look into that room… saw him sitting there…” She tried, despite her choppy breathing.
“I was back in my childhood bedroom, door shut, hoping the chair would keep it closed. I just sat up against the bed, hands on my ears… Crying so hard I couldn’t hear anything around me and it just scared me more.” Hailey let it all out.
Jay rocked her slowly in his arms, holding her tight. “Shh… it’s okay….” He breathed into her hair.
That alone held the promise to make her crumble. Being safe for the first time in her life and truly letting go, allowing someone else to hold her up.
“Don’t ever leave me, Jay, please.” Hailey begged him, breaking his heart. “I’ll never survive losing you too.” She wailed.
Jay leaned his head against hers and felt his own eyes go damp. “I’m never leavin’ you, Hails. I promise you that.” He told her straight.
This poor shattered little girl disguised as his partner. Shaking like a leaf in his arms and finally letting go for the first in her life.
When she finally started to come down, Jay heard another sniffle against his neck. “I know my mom wants me to forgive him… But I can’t…” Hailey went on.
“Hails. What your dad did to you, and to your brothers, and to your mom… it’s unforgiveable. And nobody’s gonna blame you for not being able to forgive and forget what he put you through.
But did you ever think to forgive yourself?” Her head snapped up at that, looking at him with her stormy orbs, a couple of dry sobs coming up her throat.
He could tell by the look in her eye that Hailey didn’t have the feintest what he was talking about. Jay’s hand came up her sweater, rubbing her back in soft, slow circles, the way he’d learned she loved the first time she woke up in his arms.
Jay’s other hand reached out, tucking a strand of loose hair behind her ear.
“You’re a protector of the people. You face a victim, learn their story and make it your mission to bring them justice, and you don’t stop until you do.
Except for the one victim you never could.” Her head dropped again, getting now where he was going with this.
“That little girl inside of you that grew up afraid of her own shadow. Who walked on eggshells, afraid of something, anything she said or did setting off the monster inside of her father.” Her lip quivered as Jay went on, and he knew he was treading on sensitive territory.
If he pushed her too hard, he wasn’t sure what her reaction would be. Given the way she snapped at him yesterday when he pulled that stunt in interrogation and then brought up her father... This could end badly real fast.
But that look in her eye he kept seeing come up. The same one that appeared every time they crossed a victim with a case that hit too close to home for her.
Seeing her in so much pain… He couldn’t stand it.
“That little girl who didn’t have anybody to protect her, who had to put on a brave face everywhere she went and pretend like everything was fine.
Like you told me a year ago. You wished, and hoped and prayed somebody would come in there and just put him in his place.
And you’ve never forgiven yourself for not being able to do it, for not being able to stand up to him, and get him away from your mom and your brothers.” A long, slow tear ran down her cheek, making her eyes burn with those she hadn’t yet shed.
Jay’s hand ran through her hair, finally seeing that wall crack. “But you were a little kid, Hails. It wasn’t up to you to put down the monster.
You were the one who was supposed to be protected, and cared for. You gotta let go of this guilt, babe. It’s not on you.
Let that little girl be free. It’s time to forgive yourself, Hails.” The second he stopped, Hailey finally broke.
Two loud sobs came out of her, making her body convulse. Her sweater-covered hand came up to cover her mouth, tears now streaming down her now red cheeks.
Jay caught her as she fell in his arms. His hand around the back of her head, shielding her from the world. The other arm wrapped snuggly around her waist, holding her into him.
He didn’t dare say a single word more. And he didn’t need to either. This was all she needed.
Hailey lost control of her body. The more she cried, the harder it was to stop. But the more she cried, the more it also felt so good and so freeing.
Jay dropped his mouth to her crown, nuzzling his head against hers and letting her go as she needed.
“I’ve got you, Hails.”
Illinois Justice Project
Sept. 21- 27, 2021
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - SOLITARY
WBEZ by Shannon Heffernan: "Mental Illness In Solitary Landed These Men An Extra 842 Years In Illinois Prisons, Advocates Say" . . . "(Jennifer) Soble (executive director of the Prison Project) said the prison environment, especially solitary, exacerbates people’s mental illnesses, and then the prison system punishes them for it. The punishments can be severe. The prison project said its clients have had an average of 15 additional years added to the time they expect to serve in prison — collectively, an additional 842 years. This week the prison project plans to file 43 petitions for commutation that, if approved by the governor, would move up their release dates." . . . "The Illinois Department of Corrections did not respond to multiple requests for comment."
COOK COUNTY - ELECTRONIC MONITORING
Daily Line and Block Club Chicago: "Cook County Mulls Revamp Of Ballooning Electronic Monitoring Program As Criticism Mounts" . . . "The county has enlisted a 'consortium' of consultants and advocacy groups to 'evaluate the effectiveness' of the two separate pre-trial monitoring programs, county board President Toni Preckwinkle told reporters last week. The outside probe is working to issue a series of 'recommendations' for reforms — potentially including turning over one or both programs to the state, officials said."
Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers: "10 Facts about Pretrial Electronic Monitoring in Cook County" . . . "Currently, over 8,700 people in Cook County are on electronic monitoring or in Cook County Jail. For the first time in years, the total number of people incarcerated in Cook County is steadily growing, not shrinking, with people being surveilled longer than ever although most people do not violate pretrial conditions put in place by a judge."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - STOLEN GUNS INVESTIGATION
This Chicago Tribune series was reported by Jeremy Gorner, Annie Sweeney and Rosemary Sobol.
Chicago Tribune: Part 1 - "A gun was stolen from a small shop in Wisconsin. Officials have linked it to 27 shootings in Chicago." . . . "The Tribune examined hundreds of documents obtained through open-records requests to outline and understand the Glock’s path to and throughout Chicago, conducting numerous interviews to learn how the weapon moved about the city and hearing from those whose lives were forever altered by its use."
Chicago Tribune: Part 2 - "Four guns stolen in Wisconsin have been linked to dozens of shootings here. Authorities say it’s an example of how illegal guns end up on the streets of Chicago." . . . "Guns that end up on Chicago’s streets often come from Indiana and Wisconsin. In 2019, of more than 11,000 guns confiscated by Illinois authorities, 460 were traced back to Wisconsin, which ranked third for states with the most gun traces outside of Illinois, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."
CHICAGO RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE
Chicago Tribune editorial: "Two Simeon students, 15, slain hours apart. Will their deaths finally awaken this city into action?" . . . "Street outreach must become integral to the city’s anti-violence approach. And City Hall must put up the money to make it happen. But by no means is it the end-all solution. Entrenched violence on the scale Chicago grapples with requires an all-out, multi-front approach."
Chicago Tribune column by Clarence Page: "Arne Duncan takes on Chicago’s violent crime wave at the grassroots" . . . "As Duncan and other street outreach leaders met with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, I appreciated his stories but, like everybody else, I’m waiting for measurable results. That may take a while, especially in a year when Chicago murders have been rising higher than any year since 1996, when murders totaled 796 near the end of the crack cocaine wars."
Chicago Tribune column by Rex Huppke: "New Chicago tourism slogan: ‘Please excuse our violence. We certainly do!’ At least it would be honest."
DOWNSTATE RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE
WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Victory Over Violence: People in Decatur say it’s time to put the gun downs"
WAND-TV, Decatur: "City, community leaders react to recent violence involving Decatur's youngest"
Southern Illinoisan: "Carbondale forum addresses uptick in gun violence"
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Unit 4 'concerned about violence in the broader community that is seeping into our schools'"
WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Breaking Dangerous Cycles" . . . "An organization called Lifeline-Connect is saving lives and reuniting families torn apart by addiction."
CHICAGO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT - GANG FINES AND PROPERTY SEIZURE
WBEZ by Patrick Smith: "Could Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Plan To Sue Gang Leaders Make Violence Worse?" . . . "When asked by WBEZ if there was a jurisdiction where similar lawsuits have been effective, Lightfoot didn’t name any.”
Chicago Tribune commentary by Jaba Tsitsuashvili and Kathy Sanchez: "Mayor Lightfoot’s civil forfeiture proposal encourages policing for profit, not reducing violent crime" . . . "Illinois’ civil forfeiture laws are already rife with abuse, and expanding the use of civil forfeiture will risk making Chicago’s crime problems worse and further drive a wedge between law enforcement and communities, particularly communities of color. Worse yet, civil forfeiture is counterproductive. Studies suggest that the more forfeiture revenue police generate, the less effective they are at solving crimes."
CHICAGO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT - GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
Chicago Tribune: "‘This is a beginning’: Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces first ‘citywide strategic plan’ to tackle gender-based violence, human trafficking"
Chicago Reader: "Liaisons and order: The city bolstered its team of officers who engage with LGBTQ+ citizens. Queer people say that's not enough." . . . "But many queer people, like Stephanie Skora, the associate executive director of Brave Space Alliance, say that simply hiring queer officers or assigning officers to work with the community isn’t enough to cure systemic bias in the department. 'Liaisons will do nothing to reduce homophobia and transphobia, just like Black and Brown officers haven’t done anything to decrease racism and brutality against Black and Brown communities,' Skora says. 'There’s a wealth of research that definitively proves over and over that the problem in policing isn’t the identities of the officer, but the nature and the character of the institution.'"
CHICAGO POLICE - LAWSUIT
Washington Post: "Before off-duty police shooting, Chicago officer had long complaint record. Should the city pay?" . . . "Even before off-duty Chicago police officer Patrick Kelly fired a bullet into his friend Michael “Mikey” LaPorta’s skull, LaPorta’s family members wondered why Kelly still had his gun and badge. LaPorta’s mother said Kelly, who had been LaPorta’s college roommate, regularly used racial slurs to describe suspects when he told stories about life on the beat. Once, he said he’d beaten a suspect so badly that he asked his partner to punch him in the face after the fact, so he could claim that the suspect had injured him first."
Chicago Sun-Times: "How a Chicago murder suspect was charged, then uncharged, in an extraordinary behind-the-scenes battle among law enforcement" . . . "A high-ranking Chicago police commander, frustrated by another recent case rejection by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office and confident in his detective’s work, went to a judge to have the suspect held in custody for longer and circumvent prosecutors to charge the man with murder and attempted murder. But hours later, top police brass reversed course — and persuaded another judge to essentially 'uncharge' the suspect, as a source familiar with the case described the move."
Crain's Chicago Business by Greg Hinz: "Lightfoot, Brown defend police record after 'brutal' summer" . . . "In a joint in-person appearance before the City Club of Chicago, Lightfoot and Brown pointed to everything from positive results from a pilot test of a 'holistic' approach to crime fighting to a sharp reduction in carjackings and an increase in the number of cleared homicide cases."
Chicago Tribune: "Police Superintendent Brown: ‘Don’t give us a pass. But when we do well, we’d sure like to be acknowledged’" . . . "'One thing that I would caution all of us, that I’ve taken my own advice as well, is picking a fight with the state’s attorney and the chief judge is not healthy,' Brown said. 'I know it feels good to say, you know, ‘lock ‘em up. Throw away the key.’ That is not what these elected officials were elected to do.' He said department officials have a meeting this week with Foxx and Evans about how to work together to prosecute gun traffickers and other criminals."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Bodycam video of Chicago police officer grappling with lakefront dog walker released"
Chicago Tribune: "Cop body camera video from North Avenue Beach confrontation released"
POLICE IN SCHOOLS
Chicago Tribune: "Despite reduction of cops in Chicago schools, Board of Ed votes to pay $11 million to Police Department for resource officers"
WTTW: "School Resource Officers Will Stay in Some CPS Schools Following Board of Education Vote"
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Progress made, slowly but thoughtfully, in taking school discipline out of the hands of cops" . . . "We are seeing the beginning of a healthy shift in thinking about school discipline, and advocates for removing uniformed officers from school buildings deserve much of the credit. They are being heard."
POLICE USE OF FORCE
Dispatch-Argus and Quad-City Times: "How is police use of force tracked in the Quad-Cities? That depends on the department." . . . "In an effort to compare use of force data in the Quad Cities, the Quad City Times and Dispatch-Argus submitted public records requests to the five main Quad Cities police departments (Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, East Moline) and to the Scott and Rock Island County sheriff's departments." . . . "The data received from the various departments was inconsistent. There isn't a universal policy in the U.S., or even state to state, that defines what kinds of force should be tracked, or even if departments should keep records of use of force, so what information was available varied."
COVID-19 - POLICE
WTTW: "Despite Pushback, Lightfoot Won’t Delay Oct. 15 Deadline for City Workers To Be Vaccinated" . . . "While city officials have had 'great conversations' with unions representing city workers and firefighters, leaders from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 as well as the union that represents Chicago Police Department sergeants, lieutenants and captains have declined to discuss the issue until Monday, less than three weeks before the deadline, Lightfoot said at an unrelated event Wednesday."
COVID-19 - PRISONS
The Patch: "Sheriff Sues Governor Over Refusal To Transfer Prison Inmates" . . . "As a result, there are more than 500 people detained at Cook County Jail awaiting transfer to IDOC facilities, according to a court filing on the county's behalf from Special State's Attorney Philip Fowler."
Injustice Watch: "Cook County sheriff takes state officials to court over stalled prison transfers" . . . "The impasse has kept people incarcerated for months at the jail — where the Covid-19 infection rate is higher than in state prisons — and has potentially caused them to miss out on earning sentence credits that could get them out of prison faster, the sheriff’s office said. A spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections said it was unclear whether people are eligible to earn time off their sentences while they’re incarcerated at the jail."
WGN-TV: "Cook County sheriff to state: ‘Take your prisoners’"
Chicago Tribune commentary by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: "Calls to decarcerate ignore success of COVID-19 measures at Cook County Jail"
COOK COUNTY JAIL
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "$3M approved in jail dental-care suit" . . . "Separately, on Monday, U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood granted class certification for detainees who experienced delayed dental treatment while assigned to Division 6 of the jail." . . . "Clay alleges that he waited nearly a month to have a toothache evaluated by a dentist and experienced unnecessary pain as a result."
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
IDOC news release: "East Moline Correctional Center Launches Prison Education Program in Partnership with Augustana College"
Associated Press: "East Moline inmates studying in Augustana College program"
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE
Illinois Times: "Year-long waits for FOID cards"
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE MERIT BOARD
Chicago Tribune: "Former Illinois State Police Merit Board financial officer accused of filing false overtime reports"
WIFR-TV, Rockford: "Celebrating 13 years of freedom from prison: Alan Beaman and his family celebrate - he’s been out of prison just as long as he was in"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge overturns conviction in attempted murder case tied to disgraced former police detective"
CANNABIS RECORD EXPUNGEMENT
WTTW: "State Partners With Legal Aid Network to Expunge Cannabis-Related Records" . . . "An estimated 34,000 Illinoisans are still waiting to have their cannabis records expunged, according to the Sentencing Policy Advisory Council."
ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL
WMAQ-TV, NBC5 Chicago: "Crime Victims Question Illinois Program Designed To Help Them" . . . "Even though NBC 5 Investigates found that fewer victims are getting money each year, Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office says that on his watch his office has helped get more money, on average, for each of those victims."
TIKTOK "DEVIOUS LICKS"
State Journal-Register: "Think twice before taking part in 'devious licks' TikTok challenges law enforcement warns" . . . "The craze has prompted students to vandalize school property. They steal items, like fire extinguishers, from schools and then post videos of the stolen loot on TikTok."
Chicago Sun-Times column by Neil Steinberg: "Should Illinois bring back parole?" . . . "Burlet is pushing Senate Bill 2333, which would allow convicted criminals in Illinois who have served 20 years in prison to be eligible for a parole hearing."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Prison polling places? Some lawmakers, advocates want to restore voting rights to those behind bars" . . . "Lawmakers hope to bring up legislation restoring voting rights to incarcerated people next month during veto session, but opponents of the bill, including the Illinois State Board of Elections, argue the proposed measure is unconstitutional."
CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
Chicago Sun-Times: "Park District hires former prosecutor to complete lifeguard misconduct probe"
WBEZ: "Lifeguard Abuse Criminal Investigation Kept From Lightfoot"
AROUND THE STATE
WJOL-AM, Joliet: "State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Nine Problem Solving Court Participants Graduate In Combined Graduation Ceremony"
Daily Herald: "Elgin crime on positive trend despite recent incidents"
Daily Herald: "Arlington Heights to pay ex-cop $275,000 to settle discrimination lawsuit"
WHBF-TV, Rock Island: "QC campaign to end permanent punishments for those with criminal records"
Sept. 14 - 20, 2021
CHICAGO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT - PROPOSED 2022 BUDGET
Office of the Mayor of Chicago news release: "Mayor Lightfoot Releases 2022 Budget Proposal" 2022 Budget Recommendations
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago mayor unveils $16 billion budget, which boosts police spending and relies on pandemic relief money to fill revenue holes" . . . "Lightfoot’s 2022 budget also boosts police spending to $1.9 billion, up from $1.7 billion in 2021, a move that will likely be criticized by some as elected officials debate the best way to address the city’s violence, which has remained elevated after surging in 2020 to some of the highest levels in decades."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot unveils 2022 budget proposal; goal is ‘a safer, strong and more prosperous city’"
Chicago Tribune editorial: "Lightfoot’s budget: Pain from the pandemic, salve from nearly $2 billion in federal relief" . . . "Police have to be part of the solution to Chicago’s inestimably catastrophic gun violence, flawed as we have seen them to be. Thus we applaud the increase in police funding by about another $200 million, while suspecting that it may well not be enough. And we cheer some new attention to those whose lives have been destroyed by crime. 'Victims don’t have anyone advocating for them,' Lightfoot said in a Monday visit with the Tribune Editorial Board. Amen to that. And we hope State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is listening."
CHICAGO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT - GANG FINES AND PROPERTY SEIZURE
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Mayor Lightfoot’s plan to use asset forfeiture to curb violence looks like an empty move" . . . "But asset seizures strike us as an outdated approach that might’ve worked in the 1980s against East Coast organized crime bosses and South Florida drug dealers, but would be virtually useless in curbing the violence on the streets of Chicago today — especially given that the violence is concentrated in poor neighborhoods where assets are few to begin with."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot’s anti-gang ordinance put on slower track" . . . "Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to use the threat of civil lawsuits to target Chicago’s most violent street gangs was shunted off to the City Council’s Rules Committee on Tuesday, slowing down the mayor’s latest plan to stop the bloodbath on city streets."
WTTW: "Lightfoot Doubles Down on Plan to Go After Gangs’ Profits Amid Pushback"
CHICAGO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT - GAS STATIONS
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago gas station owners say city inspectors shutting them down for minor violations and ‘racist reasons’" . . . "Multiple gas station and convenience store owners across Chicago are calling on the City Council to investigate what they allege are mass shutdowns of their businesses as part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s strategy to reduce violence. At a news conference earlier this week, about 15 owners gathered at the shuttered Falcon Fuel station in the Wrightwood neighborhood on the South Side. They alleged that more than 25 gas station owners had been cited for minor building violations and were shut down by the city, and said that the closures have cost them thousands of dollars."
CHICAGO OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL - CPD
OIG news release: "OIG follow-up finds that the Chicago Police Department is still unable top ensure that it can meet its legal and constitutional obligations with respect to the management and production of records" OIG REPORT
WTTW: "Police Department Hasn’t Taken Steps to Improve Record Management: Watchdog Report" . . . "After more than a year, the Chicago Police Department has taken almost no corrective action to address issues related to its record management and production methods, according to a new watchdog report."
CHICAGO POLICE - LAWSUITS
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago will pay $20.5 million to two men who say ex-detective framed them for murder; both spent 23 years in prison"
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop files suit saying he faced retaliation after blowing whistle on superior who allegedly directed resources to his street during 2020 unrest" . . . "A Chicago Police Department sergeant has filed a lawsuit alleging retaliation for reporting on then-acting Cmdr. Jason Brown for allegedly redirecting department resources to his own block during last summer’s civil unrest. Sgt. Marc Vanek alleges he reported on Jason Brown for sending a team of officers to the block of his Bridgeport home in early June 2020. In the lawsuit, Vanek alleges that in retaliation, he was removed from his position heading the department’s Internet Narcotics Enforcement Team and instead detailed to working midnight shifts as a patrol sergeant in the 11th District."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Sergeant files whistleblower lawsuit over order to guard his boss’s Bridgeport home during riots, looting last year"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago police fatally shoot man in Englewood"
Block Club Chicago: "‘I Was Profiled, I Was Threatened’: 911 Audio Shows Distraught Nikkita Brown After Cop Grabbed Her Near Beach"
CHICAGO POLICE - FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
Chicago Sun-Times: "City Council approves eight-year police contract with 20% pay raise" . . . Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez was one of eight aldermen voting 'no.' He said the contract does “little to nothing to ensure that there is accountability when false statements are made” by officers accused of misconduct."
WBEZ: "A New Contract For Chicago’s Police Includes $378 Million In Retroactive Raises"
COVID-19 - PRISONS
Chicago Tribune commentary by Erika Tyagi, Amanda Klonsky and Eric Reinhart: "To slow the spread of COVID-19, Illinois must decarcerate" . . . "A national study published last week (led by one of us and using data collected by the UCLA Law COVID Behind Bars Data Project), showed that reducing the number of people held in jails was one of the most effective government interventions — alongside mask mandates, school closures and nursing home visit restrictions — for reducing COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. communities. Under Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Illinois has an opportunity to take the lead on such bold, evidence-backed changes to mass incarceration as an essential policy for protecting public safety both during a still-raging pandemic and long afterward."
[As talks with unions continue, Gov. J.B. Pritzker extends deadline for workers in state prisons, congregate facilities to be vaccinated]Chicago Tribune: "As talks with unions continue, Gov. J.B. Pritzker extends deadline for workers in state prisons, congregate facilities to be vaccinated" . . . "When Pritzker announced the vaccination requirement in early August, just 44% of Department of Corrections workers were fully vaccinated, compared with about 69% of inmates. A department spokesperson did not respond immediately Friday to a request for updated figures."
Bloomington Pantagraph: "Pritzker extends vaccination deadline for workers in prisons, congregate facilities"
Office of the Governor news release: "State Reaches First Union Agreement For Vaccine Mandate in Illinois' Congregate Facilities"
ELIMINATION OF CASH BOND
Illinois Supreme Court news release: "Report on financial impact of elimination of cash bail in Illinois" . . . "The Illinois Supreme Court and the Civic Federation today announced the results of a report on the elimination of cash bail and the effect it will have on counties throughout Illinois. The full report and executive summary can be found here in the section on New Statewide Pretrial Operational Structure."
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Report: Court clerks could lose $15M when cash bail ends" . . . "Civic Federation President Laurence Msall said the estimated loss is between $5 million to $15 million, a wide range because 2020 was not a representative year amid disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois will be the first state to completely remove money from pretrial release procedures."
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "End of cash bonds will bring big financial fallout"
Teen Vogue commentary by Cathryn Crawford: "Electronic Monitoring in Chicago Is Pervasive, Due to Sensationalist Crime Reporting" . . . "This op-ed argues that false narratives about crime are thwarting moderate criminal justice reforms."
Capitol News Illinois: "California law, U.S. Constitution at center of FOID case before Illinois Supreme Court"
Injustice Watch by Maya Dukmasova: "After 34 years, a murder conviction quietly reversed in 4 minutes" . . . "James Allen, 71, had barely made it into the courtroom, walking slowly with his black-sneakered feet shackled by a chain, when Cook County Circuit Court Judge Sophia Atcherson reversed his conviction for the 1984 murder of Robert Ciralsky. Allen had waited 13 years for Wednesday’s hearing. In the end, it lasted just four minutes."
CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
WBEZ: "Top Watchdog Over Chicago Parks District Lifeguard Investigation Resigns" . . . "The Chicago Park District’s inspector general resigned Tuesday in the middle of a long-running, internal parks probe into widespread, alleged sexual violence against young lifeguards at the city’s beaches and pools. Elaine Little’s resignation came hours after WBEZ reported that records show the inspector general was herself under an 'extensive' investigation into “alleged conflicts and wrongdoing” when she quit her job as director of investigations at Cook County’s juvenile jail in 2018."
WQAD-TV, Moline: "Thomson prison staff will now receive 25% retention bonus"
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin news release: "Durbin Discusses Staffing Concerns At USP Thomson With Local 4070 Of The Council Of Prison Locals"
The Patch, Lake Forest - Lake Bluff: "Ex-Officer Accused Of Sex With Lake County Jail Inmate Indicted"
AROUND THE STATE
Chicago Tribune: "TikTok challenge leads to ransacking of suburban Chicago school bathrooms"
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Frazier shares story with participants in housing authority's YouthBuild program" . . . "The group of participants in the YouthBuild program were still a bit shy after hearing the life story of Illini basketball fifth-year senior Trent Frazier. But once they learned the star guard had a “blue check” on Twitter and Instagram, the cohort exploded in disbelief."
St. Louis Public Radio: "Swansea Police Hire First Black Officers, Reflecting Demographic Shifts"
WGLT-FM, Illinois State University public radio: "Police Expert: Normal Officers 'Coordinated, Controlled' During Fatal Standoff" . . . "Eureka College associate professor of criminal justice Bill Lally reviewed police body camera footage of the Aug. 30 incident in which officers shot and killed a 66-year-old man who had killed two people and wounded three others."
WTTW: "New Missing Persons Project To Focus on Women and Girls in Illinois"
Sept. 7 - 13, 2021
CHICAGO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT
Crain's Chicago Business editorial: "Does the mayor have a plan to address Chicago's crime problem?" . . . "What’s exasperating, infuriating or depressing, depending on the day, is the sense that no one in a position of leadership at City Hall or at police headquarters has a plan to reverse this seemingly relentless wave of violence and destruction."
Chicago Tribune: "As another violent summer ends in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot vows to fight crime. But critics say the city is in crisis."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot says city will sue gang members to ‘take their assets’" . . . "She said her proposed anti-gang ordinance isn’t her way of bypassing Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx." . . . "'We can’t wait for anybody else,' Lightfoot said. 'We have an opportunity to bring these violent street gangs into civil court, out of the shadows, expose them for what they are — and, if we’re successful, and I think we will be, take their assets and the profit motive for killing our babies.'"
Chicago Tribune: "‘We’re going after gangs’: Chicago police Superintendent David Brown redistributes many community safety team officers" . . . "The move is also an acknowledgement by Brown that a key component of his crime-fighting efforts was not working effectively and in need of an adjustment."
Block Club Chicago: "To Combat Gun Violence, Mayor Lightfoot Wants To Sue Gang Members" . . . "ACLU of Illinois Spokesman Ed Yohnka criticized the strategy and said the well-publicized inaccuracies of the gang database means the city risks suing the wrong people, and there already are laws to confiscate property from people involved in crime."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago has already seen more murders and shootings this year than all of 2019. Violence up in most neighborhoods targeted by city."
WMAQ-TV, NBC5 Chicago: "A Former Chicago Gang Member's Second Chance and the Man Who Made it Possible"
Chicago Tribune: "In prison, the gym was his safe haven. Now he’s helping others reach their fitness goals as a gym owner, trainer."
JUSTICE RISING: PROJECT 77
Lawndale Christian Legal Center news release: "Four nonprofits unite to save lives on South And West sides"
Chicago Tribune: "New coalition called Justice Rising: Project 77 forms in Chicago to provide ‘holistic’ approach to preventing crime" . . . "The hope is to do enough research to evaluate this 'alternative model of public defense,' Nellis said, and eventually turn it over to the public defender’s office."
Chicago Sun-Times: "West Side partnership to provide free legal aid, social services to juveniles, young adults"
WGN-TV: "‘All they need is exposure’: 4 non-profits partner to aid violence prevention on South, West sides"
Block Club Chicago: "West Side Legal Aid Program Will Bring ‘Community-Led Holistic Supports’ To Break Cycle Of Crime"
CHICAGO POLICE - CONSENT DECREE
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police leaders acknowledge missing consent-decree deadlines while promising to speed up reforms" . . . "The new CPD report touts the department’s effort to pick up the pace of complying with the consent decree, noting a tripling of compliant paragraphs in the most recent review by the independent monitor. But the monitor’s report also shows that, while CPD did makes strides, it was still out of compliance in nearly 40% of the paragraphs included in that period."
CHICAGO POLICE - OFFICER KAROL CHWIESIUK
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cop charged in US Capitol breach, accused of entering a senator’s office"
CHICAGO POLICE - LAWSUITS
Chicago Sun-Times: "Class action lawsuit against CPD alleges racial profiling in stop and frisk practices"
WTTW: "Class-Action Lawsuit Targets Chicago Police Stop-and-Frisk Practices"
Chicago Tribune: "City offers $20.5 million settlement to two men who say Chicago ex-detective framed them for murder" . . . "Each plaintiff is in line for $10.25 million. If the council agrees to the deal, that will make nearly $60 million in payments by Chicago taxpayers in lawsuits alleging wrongful convictions by Guevara."
WTTW: "Pay $20.5M to 2 Men Who Spent 23 Years in Prison for Murder They Didn’t Commit, Aldermen Agree" . . . "The Chicago City Council is set to pay $20.5 million to two men who each spent 23 years in prison after being convicted of murder in 1993 following an investigation led by a Chicago Police detective accused of routinely framing suspects. After advancing on a unanimous vote of the City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday, a final vote is set for Tuesday by the full City Council."
Chicago Tribune: "As Chicago Police Department aims to increase diversity, a former candidate questions unforgiving hiring process"
WTTW: "Key City Panel Endorses Proposed Police Union Contract" . . . "A key City Council Committee on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a proposed eight-year deal with the city’s police union that would give the city’s more than 11,000 officers annual average raises of approximately 2.5% — while imposing new rules on officers suspected of misconduct."
WMAQ-TV, NBC5 Chicago: "Social Media's Stark Effect on Violence in Chicago" . . . "The Chicago Police Department is aware of the trends and regularly monitors social media in places like its strategic decision centers, watching the public accounts of people prone to being perpetrators or the victims of gun violence."
Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD increases presence in River North to combat uptick in crime" . . . "Last week, Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) emailed Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressing 'extreme frustration and concern' with the lack of police resources downtown amidst a spike in violent crime. The alderman also sent a note to Chicago Police Supt. David Brown asking for more foot patrols in 'hotspot' crime locations."
CHICAGO POLICE - FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
Injustice Watch commentary by Emanuella Evans and Adeshina Emmanuel: "Here’s how Chicago’s most powerful police union preserves tradition of problematic leadership" . . . "Rank-and-file Chicago police officers elected John Catanzara to head the city’s chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police in early May 2020 — just weeks before George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer sparked a national conversation around racism and police brutality. In his first year of office, the new police union president’s many critics say he has repeatedly positioned himself and the union in opposition to efforts to reform the police or address systemic racism."
Injustice Watch: "Timeline: Chicago FOP presidents’ turbulent relationship with race and police reform" . . . "The problematic role played by FOP leadership spans well beyond current FOP President John Catanzara. The timeline below bears this out. Injustice Watch reviewed the tenures of each FOP president, all of whom have been white men, beginning with the first Chicago FOP leader’s rise to power during one of the most pivotal periods in U.S. history."
Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Rev. Cierra Bates-Chamberlain, Rev. Beth Brown, Joel Hamernick and Rabbi Seth M. Limmer: "Chicago City Council should reject new police contract until it includes more reforms"
RACIAL DISPARITIES IN POLICE TRAFFIC STOPS
NPR Illinois, "The 21st Show," hosted by Brian Mackey: "Racial Disparities In Traffic Stops: Police departments in Illinois have had to report racial and ethnic information about traffic stops for nearly two decades since a law passed by former State Sen. Barack Obama. But years later, inequities persist. We talked about it with a culture and diversity reporter, an attorney at the ACLU, and the president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund."
CPD AND COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Chicago Tribune: "When told more evidence was needed, CPD detective wanted prosecutors to reject charges against suspect in slaying of 7-year-old girl: prosecution memo"
ELIMINATION OF CASH BOND
WGLT-FM, Illinois State University public radio: "Report Measures Impact of Eliminating Cash Bail In Illinois" . . . "A new report from the Chicago Civic Federation shows most county circuit court clerks in Illinois will lose about 11% of their general fund fee revenue when cash bail is eliminated in 2023." . . . "The Civic Federation found that in the last five years, only 20% percent of total bond payments were refunded."
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Circuit Court of Cook County expands court operations, in-person trials"
Chicago Tribune: "Immigrants fight detention at McHenry and Kankakee jails, while prosecutors fight law that would end detentions in Illinois"
ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL
Illinois Attorney General's Office news release: "Attorney General Raoul announces public-private partnership aimed at disrupting organized retail crimes"
Chicago Sun-Times: "State AG creates task force to investigate organized retail theft across Illinois"
WLS-TV: "Task force to crack down on organized retail thefts amid string of crimes along Chicago's Mag Mile"
Crain's Chicago Business: "AG teams up with retailers to counter organized thefts
Kwame Raoul puts together a task force to crack down on “increasingly brazen and violent” coordinated thefts, which account for around $45 billion in lost revenue for businesses annually."
ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL AND JOLIET POLICE
Illinois Attorney General news release: "Attorney General Raoul opens investigation into Joliet Police Department"
USA Today: "Illinois attorney general will investigate department that retaliated against police whistleblower" . . . "Raoul's announcement came 20 months after the death of Eric Lurry, 37, and a day after USA TODAY published an investigation detailing how law enforcement officials kept information about the case under wraps for months and retaliated against the veteran officer who exposed the video."
Chicago Sun-Times: "State AG launches investigation into Joliet Police Department"
Joliet Herald-News: "Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announces civil investigation of Joliet Police Department following death of Eric Lurry" . . . "Joliet officials on Wednesday did not return calls for comment, but the city issued a statement saying it is aware of the investigation. 'As stated by the attorney general, this investigation is in response to the letter submitted by the mayor and City Council to the Attorney General’s Office in June 2020,' the statement said. 'The city of Joliet remains committed to serving the community and will continue to cooperate with the Attorney General’s Office during the investigation.'"
Joliet Herald-News: "Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul meets with residents, leaders on Joliet Police Department investigation" . . . "Chris Wells, chief of Raoul’s Public Interest Division, said Wednesday’s meeting is the first of many with residents and community leaders to 'get an on-the-ground sense of how the police department operates in the city of Joliet.' Wells said Raoul’s office plans to review hundreds of police incidents over the past five years. He said the investigation will review how officers use force and conduct stops, searches and arrests. The investigation will also review any evidence of any discriminatory policing."
ILLINOIS PRISONER REVIEW BOARD
Rockford Register Star: "Roscoe sex offender wants out of prison after serving less than 20% of sentence" . . . "'This whole situation is disgusting--having to go through this again,' Bock said. 'Our judicial system feels like such a joke to me. ... We went through 3 1/2 years of hell just to get her sentenced. Now, I have to fight to keep a convicted predator in prison.'"
Effingham Daily News commentary by Rep. Adam Niemerg: "Governor’s far left policies making Illinois communities less safe"
SANGAMON COUNTY JAIL DEATH - JAIMESON CODY
State Journal-Register: "Sangamon County state's attorney won't seek criminal charges in Divernon man's jail death" . . . "Wright's decision not to seek charges was preceded by an independent investigation led by Patrick Delfino, director of the Illinois Office of the State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor, which was completed and sent to Wright dated Tuesday. The appellate office found that 'the decision to decline prosecution is consistent with the evidence,' Delfino wrote in a letter to Wright." . . . "Delfino noted in his letter to Wright that his office's review doesn't make a determination regarding any administrative violations. The possibility of suing for civil recompense is still on the table, according to Delfino."
The Patch column by Mark Konkol: "Will County Deputy Chief's Petty Punishment Won't Stop Reporter" . . . "Patch reporter John Ferak doesn't have time to worry about the slanderous untruths spewed about him on the local radio airwaves by Will County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Dan Jungles. He's too busy writing stories that cops and politicians don't want readers and residents to know about. So, I'll defend Ferak from Jungles' ridiculous rants on WJOL 1340 AM's Slocum In The Morning Show. The deputy chief actually accused Ferak of 'interfering' with a homicide investigation by reporting details about a body that showed up at the morgue."
EAST ST. LOUIS
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "East St. Louis leaders impose curfew in wake of shootings of 7, including a child"
Daily Herald: "DuPage deputy wins $7.5 million judgment for spinal injury suffered in training" . . . "Hakim underwent emergency surgery and has recovered enough to return to work for the sheriff's office, where he is now assigned to a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force. But the injury has affected his ability to run his side business, a martial arts studio, Scanlan said."
Lake County News-Sun column by Cliff Ward: "Wauconda police officer credited with putting squad car into path of wrong-way driver"
Southern Illinoisan: "'Black Lives Matter' protesters met by 'Blue Lives Matter' cluster in Herrin" . . . "Less than two weeks after Kiveon Crawford, a young Black man, was arrested and stunned with a Taser, Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets of Herrin Thursday with megaphones and signs calling for police reform. They were met in front of City Hall by “Blue Lives Matter” sympathizers who stared down Crawford’s supporters just yards away for the duration of their protest."
Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, 2021
The Trace, in partnership with Injustice Watch, by Lakeidra Chavis: "The Problems With Chicago’s Gang-Centric Narrative of Gun Violence" . . . "The Trace analyzed incident data for nearly 34,000 shootings and found that in the past decade, detectives labeled fewer than three in 10 of them gang-related. Police categorized the cases this way even in instances when they didn’t have enough information to make an arrest. Data shows that police did not identify a cause or motive in the majority of incidents."
The Trace, in partnership with WBEZ's Reset, by Mary Hall, Meha Ahmad and Lakeidra Chavis: "Chicagoans on What’s Needed to Help Survivors — and Their Communities — Heal From Gun Violence"
WBEZ: "At Summer’s End, Chicago Murders Are Outpacing Any Year In A Quarter Century" . . . "'Young men feel in fear of their lives,' said Lance Williams, a Northeastern Illinois University professor of urban community studies who works with street outreach groups on the city’s South and West sides. 'They’re getting guns to try to protect themselves.' Williams said street gangs traditionally had just one or two guns stashed away for sharing among members. 'Now it’s like everybody — every person that you know — has got a gun,' he said."
Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Chicago Alderman Matt O'Shea and Susan Lee: "Chicago’s public safety crisis threatens our whole city" . . . "Chicago cannot continue down this road, with a demoralized and understaffed police department and an under-resourced network of violence prevention groups."
CBS News by Charlie De Mar: "Illegal gun purchases fueling violence in Chicago" . . . "The Justice Department launched in July a strike forces in Chicago and four other U.S. cities to fight gun trafficking. 'Our straw purchasers are savvy and their intent is to deceive a firearms dealer,' said Kristen de Tineo, special agent in charge of Chicago's ATF office. 'It is a major cornerstone of our trafficking strategy to identify those straw purchases.'"
WTTW by Matt Masterson: "Chicago Outpacing 2020 Shooting, Homicide Totals Through End of August"
Crain's Chicago Business: "Summer ending with increase in violence" . . . "Earlier this summer, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown expressed optimism they were making a dent in violent crime rates that rivaled last year's highs. But as the summer wraps up, year-to-date shootings and killings are outpacing last year's deadly surge."
LABOR DAY WEEKEND - BEFORE
WBBM-TV: "Antiviolence Advocates Fast, Pray, And Plead For Help Amid Labor Day Weekend Spike In Chicago Gun Violence"
WMAQ-TV, NBC5 Chicago: "Chicago Police Detail Labor Day Weekend Safety Strategies"
LABOR DAY WEEKEND - AFTER
Chicago Tribune: "Mom of slain boy, 4, pleads for public’s help after son fatally shot while visiting Chicago: ‘Somebody needs to step up and say something’" . . . "In a telephone interview with the Tribune on Monday, his mother, Angela Gregg, described her son as gifted. She pleaded for help from the public, asking anyone with information about her son’s killer to contact police. 'They murdered my baby,' she said."
Chicago Sun-Times: "4-year-old boy among 5 killed in Chicago shootings since Friday evening; 53 others wounded" . . . "Lightfoot said the focus has to be on gangs in the city’s neighborhoods and added that her office will reveal initiatives 'in the coming days' focused on gun violence but did not provide more details on those plans."
WMAQ-TV, NBC5 Chicago: "Chicago's Top Cop Addresses Recent Shootings Involving Children" . . . "On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot hinted more intiatives would be announced in the coming days."
Vox: "The evidence for violence interrupters doesn’t support the hype" . . . "For example, the evidence summary from the interrupter program Cure Violence cited the 2009 Chicago evaluation to claim a '41% to 73% reduction in shootings.' But the bulk of this reduction wasn’t statistically significant; it didn’t differ from results in control groups, which is why the researchers could only link the intervention to drops in shootings in four of seven study sites — again, barely better than a coin flip."
WBEZ: "What Chicago’s Gun Violence Survivors Need: Reset discusses resources gun violence survivors need to recover from physical, psychological and emotional trauma."
CHICAGO POLICE - OFFICERS MARC JAROCKI AND MICHAEL KELLY
Chicago Tribune: "Nearly seven years later, two Chicago police officers face firing for roles in fight allegedly sparked by racial slur" . . . "In Jarocki and Kelly’s case, it took almost seven years and five Chicago police administrations for disciplinary charges to be brought — even as the department is more than two years into a federal consent decree that mandates improvement in its policing practices."
CHICAGO POLICE - OFFICERS JEFFERY SCHAFER AND VICTOR GUEBARA
Chicago Sun-Times: "Two Chicago police officers charged with beating teen during January arrest in Woodlawn" . . . "If convicted, the officers could face probation, or a two to five year prison sentence for each count. Two other police officers also face disciplinary charges in connection to the case for either failing to intervene or not activating their body-worn camera during the boy’s arrest in Woodlawn, a source said."
Chicago Tribune: "Two Chicago police officers charged in January beating of 17-year-old after car chase" . . . "The case includes the second and third filing of charges against a Chicago police officer for on-duty conduct within a month, still considered a rarity in Chicago."
WTTW by Matt Masterson: "2 Chicago Police Officers Charged With Battery in Alleged Beating of Teen"
Block Club Chicago: "2 Police Officers Punched Teen As He Lay On Stomach, Waiting To Be Arrested, Prosecutors Say"
CHICAGO POLICE - LT. WILFREDO ROMAN
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police lieutenant facing criminal charges for allegedly shoving flashlight between teen’s buttocks during arrest in February" . . . "At that hearing for Roman, where he was ordered released on his own recognizance, prosecutors said the officer 'shoved' a flashlight between the buttocks of a teen suspect in February, after he was handcuffed and over his clothing, and saying, 'That’s what you get for carjacking.'" . . ."Roman’s lawyer, Jim McKay, contended there was no injury to the teen whatsoever, as he was clothed and wearing a coat during the alleged incident."
Chicago Sun-Times: "CPD lieutenant accused of shoving flashlight between buttocks of teen carjacking suspect" . . . "Over the course of his career, Roman has been named in three civil lawsuits that have cost the city a combined $278,000."
CHICAGO POLICE - UNIDENTIFIED OFFICER
Block Club Chicago: "Protesters Want Cop Fired After Grabbing Black Woman In Lincoln Park: ‘We Want Justice For This Young Woman’" . . . "Chanting 'walking your dog while Black, that’s when police attack,' protesters blocked part of the street in front of COPA’s headquarters at 1615 W. Chicago Ave. for almost two hours while dozens of cars and bus drivers blared their horns in support." . . . "Videos from the confrontation — which show an officer walking closely after Nikkita Brown, appearing to reach for her phone before grabbing her and holding her as she tried to leave the park near North Avenue Beach — have spread quickly on social media and drew criticism from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said she was 'disturbed by what I saw.'"
Chicago Tribune editorial: "A lakefront encounter between a Black woman and police seems minor. Data suggests otherwise." . . . "Attention understandably goes to the horror of a citizen shot by a police officer, but there is real evidence not only that the daily drip of encounters with a police force does profound damage to how people of color view the police, but that those seemingly minor incidents actually then make it harder to keep killers off the streets of our city."
WFLD-TV, Fox32 Chicago: "Chicago area listed as 'hot spot' for car thefts" . . . "That carjacking jump put Chicago on the 'hot spot' list in a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The report shows car thefts rose 11 percent in the Chicago area in 2020, compared to 2019. That makes Chicago the number three city for total thefts."
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police, prosecutors spar over charging suspect in shooting that killed 7-year-old girl and wounded her sister"
WTTW by Heather Cherone: "Chicago Starts Sending Mental Health Professionals to Some 911 Calls for Help"
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Seize the moment, Chicago, in hiring and training a new generation of police officers" . . . "The Chicago Police Department has an unprecedented opportunity, given the hundreds of vacated positions that must be filled, to ground the new rules and values into a new generation of sworn police officers."
CHICAGO - RIVER NORTH
WLS-TV: "Chicago crime: River North residents shocked by recent crime spike"
WGN-TV: "Chicago police criticized for lack of response to violent downtown crimes"
Block Club Chicago: "Citing ‘Lawlessness And Violence In River North,’ Downtown Alderman Wants More Cops On Weekends" . . . "After two men were robbed and beaten on State Street Downtown, an influential alderman wrote a fiery letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot saying the area needs more cops. Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) sent the letter Monday after video of the State Street attack went viral."
CHICAGO POLICE - FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
Chicago Reader column by Ben Joravsky: "Johnny MAGA: Sure would have been nice to have liberty-loving John Catanzara and FOP speak up against the war on drugs."
POLICE IN SCHOOLS
WTTW by Erica Gunderson: "Do Police Officers in CPS High Schools Make Students Safer?" . . . "As a Mikva Challenge participant, CPS senior Chance Stegall surveyed other CPS students to gauge their feelings about SROs and help develop a recommendation on the issue. 'We conducted three meetings with youth that attend CPS schools,' Stegall said. 'Most of the feedback that I have received in my group … was that the kids felt like they didn’t really have like a strong connection and relationship with the SROs in their school and that the better alternative would be to get more school counselors, a restorative justice program, social workers and possibly a security guard to still have that safety in the school.'"
RACIAL DISPARITIES IN POLICE TRAFFIC STOPS
State Journal-Register: "'Little has been done with' 17 years of data showing racial disparities in traffic stops" . . . "Black drivers in Springfield were stopped more than double the rate of white motorists last year despite more than a decade and a half of data highlighting the disparity." . . . "The IDOT study shows the racial disparity in traffic stops is not limited to Springfield. Across Illinois, Black drivers were 2.76 times more likely to be stopped by law enforcement than their white counterparts." . . . "The data shows larger disparities in Bloomington and Peoria where Black drivers were 6.2 and 4.1 times more likely to be stopped by local police than their white counterparts."
Injustice Watch: "No one knows how many Chicago cops are vaccinated against Covid-19" . . . "On Monday, Injustice Watch asked Lightfoot during a news conference at a high school in West Englewood whether she was concerned that her administration was unable to provide our reporters with an updated figure on the number of vaccinated police officers. 'I can’t account for whatever your discussion was because obviously I wasn’t a part of it, but here’s what I do know: We need to have all city employees vaccinated,' she said."
Prison Policy Initiative: "States of emergency: The failure of prison system responses to COVID-19" . . . "One of the easiest ways to reduce prison populations — especially during a pandemic — is to reduce the number of people admitted to prisons for technical violations of probation and parole (which are not crimes). Yet most states, including Illinois, failed to utilize this simple tool of population reduction."
Quad-City Times: "'It's going to be nuts': Rock Island County courts facing 33,000 open cases with looming deadline for trials to resume" . . . "Overwhelmed Rock Island County prosecutors say they've stopped charging people for some minor crimes and are pleading for additional funding to deal with a backlog of 33,000 cases, including 27 open homicides. There are simply too many crimes and not enough prosecutors, says State's Attorney Dora Villarreal."
WAR ON DRUGS
Chicago Sun-Times commentary by Rev. Al Sharp: "America’s real longest war" . . . "It has taken more than 50 years for policies to emerge that respond to the potential dangers of drug abuse and addiction with healing and compassion rather than the false assumptions that underlie punishment and incarceration. It is time now to bring an end to what is, in fact, America’s longest war."
U.S. SEN. DURBIN
New York Times: "White House Weighs Clemency to Keep Some Drug Offenders Confined at Home" . . . "Separately, Senators Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa — the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee — have also been discussing potential bipartisan legislation that would solve the problem in a simpler way by explicitly authorizing the Justice Department to extend home confinement after the pandemic."
Chicago Tribune: "McHenry, Kankakee counties file lawsuit to continue housing immigration detainees in their jails. New state law calls for banning the practice." . . . "Fred Tsao, senior policy counsel for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, criticized the suit, saying, 'It is unfortunate that these two counties want to continue to profit from the inhumane, costly and unnecessary immigration detention system and to waste taxpayer resources on litigation.'"
Rockford Register Star: "Rockford officer avoids sexual assault charge, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct" . . . "Thurmond, 28, faced four to 15 years in prison and a lifetime registration as a sex offender after he was initially charged with criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint on Oct. 24, 2019, involving then a 26-year-old woman. The charges came after a five-month investigation by Rockford police."
Rockford Register Star: "Rockford police investigate gunshots in front of justice center, jail in downtown"
Injustice Watch: "In Mount Prospect, a village divided over the ‘thin blue line’" . . . "In December 2017, the village of Mount Prospect debuted a new symbol for its police department. The shield-shaped patch overlaid an outline of Illinois and the year of the village’s incorporation, 1917, against the backdrop of an American flag rendered in black and white — save for one blue line."
AROUND THE STATE
Marshall Project: "Police Say Demoralized Officers Are Quitting In Droves. Labor Data Says No." . . . "After the murder of George Floyd, there were unprecedented opportunities for cities to reimagine policing and experiment with community-driven violence prevention programs. But most local governments tend to stick with what they know, such as hiring more officers, says Amanda Kass, associate director of the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago."
Southern Illinoisan: "Federal public defender for southern Illinois dies" . . . "Preston Humphrey Jr., the federal public defender for the southern district of Illinois, died Tuesday night (Aug. 31, 2021). Humphrey, 49, had lost both kidneys in 2019 and was awaiting a transplant at the time of his death, his former boss, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen R. Welby, said Tuesday."
Aurora Beacon-News: "A few weeks into his new job as police chief, Aurora’s top cop talks goals for the future" . . . "Both former Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman and (Keith) Cross are disciples of community policing. Cross said he has kept the same top two goals as Ziman - improving community policing and reducing violent crime, which he believes go hand-in-hand. One aspect to improving trust is recruiting more diverse members to the force, which he admits is not going as quickly as he hoped. Cross, the second Black police chief in Aurora’s history, said the latest recruitment class of 11 recruits had one Black man and a few Hispanic men."
Daily Southtown: "Mental health crisis assistance for police expanding to other Southland agencies" . . . "A program where Orland Park police are able to respond with the help of a trained counselor to calls involving someone experiencing a mental health crisis is being expanded to give other police departments more direct contact with experts. In concert with Trinity Services, Orland Park police launched a crisis response unit a little less than a year ago, with the aim of avoiding incarcerating people not necessarily involved in criminal activity but who need help. The program has 'been a phenomenal success so far,' said police Chief Joe Mitchell, and Trinity’s assistance has been available to five other police departments — Midlothian, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Palos Park and Tinley Park."
Kankakee Daily-Journal: "(Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim) Rowe: Answer to community's violence lies in children"
Elgin Courier-News: "Members of Elgin’s task force on policing chosen and await city council’s final action so they can start work"
Aug. 24 - 30, 2021
Block Club Chicago: "‘Malik Believed Another World Is Possible’: Death Of Beloved Chicago Organizer Malik Alim Leaves A Community Heartbroken"
RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot, YouTube: "Inside Chicago - Episode 1, Re-imagining Violence Reduction"
Southern Illinoisan: "Search for answers continues as community mourns SIU freshman's death" . . . "Days after the death of Keeshanna Jackson, the community is demanding answers, justice and an end to violence."
Daily Egyptian, SIU: "Anti-gun violence rally draws community support in the wake of student killig"
Daily Illini: "Campustown shooting leaves students concerned about safety, gun violence"
WAND-TV, Decatur: "Decatur leaders speak on what can be done to stop bloodshed after deadly shooting"
City of Chicago, Office of Inspector General news release: "OIG Finds That ShotSpotter Alerts Rarely Lead to Evidence of a Gun-Related Crime and That Presence of the Technology Changes Police Behavior" FULL REPORT
WBBM-TV: "Watchdog Report Finds ShotSpotter Alerts Rarely Lead CPD To Evidence Of Actual Gun Crime"
Chicago Sun-Times: "City’s watchdog finds ShotSpotter rarely leads to evidence of gun crimes, investigatory stops" . . . "The Office of the Inspector General found that the data it examined from the Chicago Police Department 'does not support a conclusion that ShotSpotter is an effective tool in developing evidence of a gun-related crime.'"
Associated Press: "Chicago watchdog harshly criticizes ShotSpotter system" . . . "Last week, The Associated Press reported that its review of thousands of internal documents, emails, presentations and confidential contracts, along with interviews with dozens of public defenders in communities where ShotSpotter has been deployed, found serious flaws in the use of ShotSpotter as evidentiary support for prosecutors."
Chicago Tribune: "City inspector general raises questions over police use of ShotSpotter"
WTTW: "Report Raises Questions About ShotSpotter Technology"
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "If ShotSpotter is a good crime-fighting tool, the police must provide proof"
Chicago Tribune editorial: "ShotSpotter as an effective crime-fighting tool? Jury’s still out." . . . "In late 2017, we expressed optimism about the utility of ShotSpotter." . . . "Now, however, there are profound, valid questions about the usefulness of ShotSpotter. "
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Untraceable ‘ghost guns’ are a threat. It’s time we banned them"
CHICAGO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT VS. FOP PRESIDENT CATANZARA
Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot forges ahead with Oct. 15 vaccine mandate for city employees, despite opposition from all four police unions" . . . "'This has literally lit a bomb underneath the membership,' said Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. 'We’re in America, G-ddamn it. We don’t want to be forced to do anything. Period. This ain’t Nazi f---ing Germany.'"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Police union boss slammed for comparing vaccine mandate to Holocaust" . . . "After FOP president John Catanzara compared the vaccine mandate for city employees to Nazi Germany, the mayor, Jewish groups and even a Chicago cop called his comments offensive."
Chicago Tribune: "Mayor Lori Lightfoot rips police union head after he compared vaccine mandate to the Holocaust"
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Mayor puts wrong foot forward in moving toward mandatory vaccines for cops, city workers"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Fraternal Order of Police president apologizes for comments comparing city employee vaccine mandate to Nazi Germany" . . . "In a video posted to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7’s YouTube channel, Catanzara said, 'Those members of the Jewish community, in no way was I trying to tie forced vaccinations to the atrocities of the Holocaust, which is why I never used the word Holocaust. I should not have made the reference like I did to the showers, and for that I’m sorry.' He said he didn’t think the comments would make it into the paper." VIDEO
Chicago Tribune: "City set to partner mental health clinicians and police responding to calls related to mental health, as governor signs statewide measure"
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Warrantless drug search gets OK in court" . . . "Two Chicago police officers had probable cause to stop and search a driver suspected of conducting a drug deal even though they had not personally observed the purported transaction, a federal judge held."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Police academy to churn out conveyor belt of classes to fill 877 sworn police vacancies" . . . "Ald. Nick Sposato (38th) said only 2,900 candidates signed up for the last police exam. The wash-out rate is 90%, he said."
CHICAGO POLICE - VIDEO
WTTW: "COPA Investigating Officer’s Physical Altercation With Woman Seen on Video" . . . "An investigation is underway following the release of a video that shows a Chicago police officer grabbing a woman as she attempts to leave North Avenue Beach with her dog in what her attorneys call an 'obvious case of racial profiling.'"
Block Club Chicago: "Chicago Cop Who Grabbed Black Woman Walking Her Dog In Lincoln Park Being Investigated"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Top cop puts officer seen in viral video apparently restraining woman at beach on desk duty"
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago police officer placed on desk duty after viral video appears to show him grabbing, physically restraining woman on North Avenue Beach"
CHICAGO POLICE - CHOKING
Chicago Sun-Times: "Supt. Brown moves to fire 4 cops implicated in choking incident"
POLICE IN SCHOOLS
WBEZ by Sarah Karp: "Chicago Police To Continue Sending 2 Officers To Schools That Voted To Have Just 1"
WBBM-TV: "Illinois Supreme Court Rules Markham Mayor Roger Agpawa May Remain In Office Despite Felony Conviction"
Daily Southtown column by Ted Slowik: "After many twists, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Markham’s elected mayor could hold office. It was all about power." . . . "With the stroke of a pen, it seems, a governor can trump state law and allow a felon to hold municipal office in Illinois."
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette column by Jim Dey: "Iroquois County case putting qualified immunity to the test" . . . "The effort to eliminate qualified immunity in Illinois is an iffy proposition. It is judge-created law not easily obliterated by a state legislature. But what is it? And why is it, to some people, so controversial that it must be ended? A pending case heard at the federal courthouse in Urbana outlines the issue, revealing how it can be invoked as a legal defense and overcome if circumstances warrant."
COURTS - PRETRIAL SERVICES
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Illinois high court sets state pretrial plan" . . . "The Illinois Supreme Court announced it will soon transition to a statewide pretrial system to standardize bond reports, risk assessments and other functions ahead of implementation of the Criminal Justice Reform Act effective in January 2023." . . . "While it is an ongoing conversation, the Supreme Court said it is working to address outdated language in the Pretrial Services Act of 1987. 'There is a particular provision in there that says pretrial services are to be created at the circuit level,' Venvertloh said. 'What we are looking for in our communications with the legislators is to educate them on the need for that to be modified to say that it is under the direction of the Supreme Court.'"
Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism: "Illinois Supreme Court Announces Structural Changes to Pretrial Services"
COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY FOXX
Chicago Tribune: "Judge rules Kim Foxx can’t be called to testify in the Jussie Smollett trial"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Special prosecutor to take over cases involving alleged misconduct by ex-Chicago detective"
Truthout by Victoria Law: "The Court Knew She Didn’t Commit the Murder. They Sentenced Her for It Anyway." . . . "Illinois law allows prosecutors to pursue a first-degree murder charge (also known as “felony murder”) if a death occurs during a crime, such as robbery. Under felony murder, the person can be charged even if they did not cause the death or, like Ray, were not present."
Brennan Center for Justice commentary by Paul Butler: "The Prosecutor Problem: A former assistant U.S. attorney explains how prosecutors’ decisions are fueling mass incarceration — and what can be done about it." . . . "I became a prosecutor because I don’t like bullies. I stopped being a prosecutor because I don’t like bullies. I grew up on the south side of Chicago in an all-Black neighborhood. My family had direct experience with crime — our house was broken into, and my mother was held up at gun point. As a young Black man, I also had some bad experiences with police officers, like getting stopped for no reason, or being the object of suspicion every time I rode my bike into a white neighborhood."
Chicago Tribune: "Expressway shootings on rise in Chicago area. License plate cameras being installed to help, but ‘more ... needs to happen,’ advocate cautions."
State Journal-Register: "Group wants answers from state police over two inmates who died in Iroquois County jail"
NPR Illinois, "The 21st Show" hosted by Brian Mackey: "Illinois State Police Director On Diversity, Delays And FOID Cards" . . . "A conversation with Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly, who says he's working to improve diversity at the agency and expand capacity. But that comes after years of criticism over a huge backlog in DNA evidence and the slow processing of firearm licenses."
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Center Square (Franklin News Foundation): "Illinois Department of Corrections upends inmate work business model"
ILLINOIS CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION AUTHORITY
ICJIA: "An Analysis of Factors Associated with Suicide Among Justice-Involved Illinois Violent Death Decedents"
COOK COUNTY JAIL - MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Associated Press: "Dealing with mental health crisis one Zoom call at a time" . . . "The sergeant had so little use for the tablet that she did not bother to grab it from the seat of her squad car when she ran into the house where a suicidal man was screaming and slamming his head against the floor."
PRISONER REVIEW BOARD
WEXF-FM, Effingham: "Aaron Hyche Denied Parole for Layton Davis Murder" . . . "The Illinois Prisoner Review Board has denied parole for Aaron Hyche, the man convicted of murder in the shooting death of Illinois State Trooper Layton Davis."
WTTW: "Cook County Public Defenders to Represent Immigrants in Removal Cases"
Chicago Defender commentary by Chris Lazare: "A Second Chance Should Not Rest in the Hands of the Few" . . . "This summer, the Illinois Legislature passed Senate Bill 2129, which would allow state’s attorneys to petition for the release of incarcerated individuals with long sentences who do not pose any risk to their communities. This second chance legislation recognizes that individuals who have committed crimes are capable of change over time and gives more people an opportunity at a second chance by removing them from the system entirely."
Des Moines Register by Eric Ferkenhoff: "Should police be allowed to lie to minors to get confessions? Some states are banning the practice." . . . "It was one of the biggest blunders in Chicago law enforcement history: two boys, ages 7 and 8, were charged after allegedly confessing to the high-profile killing of 11-year-old Ryan Harris, critics say of the 1998 case."
Southern Illinoisan: "Activists call for release of detainees as Pulaski County Detention Center ends ICE contract"
AROUND THE STATE
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "East St. Louis K-9 officer sues over unpaid overtime"
WGLT-FM, Illinois State University public radio, by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Inside The War Rooms: How McLean County’s Prosecutors Tackled An Unprecedented Number Of Murder Trials"
Aug. 17 - 23, 2021
Coalition to End Money Bond: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Malik Alim, our friend and partner in the fight to end money bond in Illinois. We love you, Malik, and will remember you always. Rest in power."
WMAQ-TV, NBC5 Chicago: "An ‘Incredible Human:' Chicago Activist Drowns in Fox Lake Tubing Accident" . . . "A Chicago community activist who gained notoriety for his role in the movement to end cash bond in Illinois drowned this past week after he was thrown off an innertube while swimming with family in Fox Lake." . . . "Alim joined the Chicago Community Bond Fund in 2019 and 'quickly became a champion for the movement to end money bond in Illinois,' the organization said in a social media post."
Associated Press: "Police jailed a man for murder; algorithm was key evidence" . . . "But an Associated Press investigation, based on thousands of internal documents, emails and confidential contracts, along with dozens of interviews, has identified serious flaws in using ShotSpotter evidence in court. AP’s investigation found the system can miss live gunfire right under its microphones, or misclassify sounds of fireworks or cars backfiring as gunshots. ShotSpotter’s forensic reports have been used in court to improperly claim that a defendant shot at police, or provide questionable counts of the number of shots fired."
Associated Press VIDEO: "Michael Williams, a 65-year-old from Chicago, sat behind bars for nearly a year accused of murder. But the key evidence against him didn’t come from an eyewitness or an informant; a major factor was the gunshot detection firm ShotSpotter."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Activists slam city for extending ShotSpotter contract amid mounting criticism of the gunshot detection system" . . . "Activists gathered near the Englewood police district Thursday to decry the city’s decision to extend its contract with ShotSpotter, the company behind an acoustic gunshot detection system that has recently come under heavy fire for allegedly being inaccurate. The city’s three-year, $33 million contract with the Silicon Valley-based startup was initially supposed to expire Thursday."
WBBM-TV: "After Finding Out City’s $33 Million Contract With ShotSpotter Was Quietly Renewed, Some Aldermen Want To Make Sure Nothing Like It Happens Again Without Review"
WTTW by Matt Masterson: "Activists Call on Chicago Officials to Dump ShotSpotter Contract"
Block Club Chicago: "Activists Want City To Cut Ties With ShotSpotter — But Chicago Police Already Extended Its Contract Two More Years"
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "As much as it could help police, ShotSpotter’s not ready for the courtroom" . . . "Police use bloodhounds to help find evidence at crime scenes, but Illinois courts don’t allow handlers to interpret what the dogs were thinking on the scene. Similarly, ShotSpotter is useful when it quickly directs police to gunfire, but using it in court as definitive evidence of where a shot was fired raises red flags."
The Circuit by the Better Government Association, DataMade and Injustice Watch: "“The Charges” . . . “This is a detailed breakdown of more than 3 million criminal cases filed in Cook County between 2000 and 2018. That’s more than 400 cases per day. In a first-of-its-kind project, The Circuit collected and cleaned millions of records from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s mainframe computer system. We then analyzed these cases and organized them based on the top, or most serious, charge.”"
WFLD-TV, Fox32, Chicago: "Chicago police: Groups of teens attacking, robbing pedestrians in Loop"
WBBM-TV: "Chicago Police To Expand Carjacking Task Force, Expecting Possible Spike In Attacks This Fall" . . . "The superintendent did not provide details on the plan to further expand the carjacking task force beyond the extra officers that were added in January."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Some cops to stay in schools that voted them out until CPS finalizes contract with police department"
Chicago Tribune: "Some CPS schools could start year with 2 officers despite votes to reduce police presence; decision on CPD contract delayed"
CHICAGO POLICE - OVERTIME
South Side Weekly by Jim Daley and Kiran Misra: "Who’s Supervising Overtime at CPD? Last year Superintendent David Brown ordered deputy chiefs to approve all overtime. Internal records don’t show that it’s happening" . . . "At a press conference last year, Brown shrugged off the Weekly’s question about overtime supervision. 'Nothing to see here. We are good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars and we don’t apologize for that,' he said."
CHICAGO POLICE - OVERSIGHT
Chicago Sun-Times: "Ethics, integrity top of mind for residents as COPA launches search for next police oversight leader"
South Side Weekly: "Chicago Takes a Step Toward Community Control of the Police"
RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE
WGN-TV: "New Poll: Concern over violence rising, Chicago residents unhappy with Lightfoot, Foxx" . . . "By an overwhelming number, Chicagoans still think crime is the number one issue facing the city. Of those asked, 44.2% said their top concern was crime — that’s more than three times for any other issue. The city’s handling of the deadly COVID-19 virus came in second at 12%, followed by education/schools at 7.8%, health care at 7.3% and police reform at 7.2%." WGN-TV/Emerson College poll
Reuters: "As murders surge, Democrats find a new message: Fund the police" . . . "The pandemic destabilized communities, emptied downtowns, strained municipal budgets and limited police patrols, all factors contributing to the surging violence, said Wesley Skogan, a policing expert at Northwestern University."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago youth offer public policy suggestions to city leaders through Mikva Challenge"
Daily Herald: "Children who've lost loved ones to violence find solace at Camp Sheilah"
Chicago Tribune: "In West Garfield Park, activists hope community involvement leads to safety and revitalization"
Chicago Tribune commentary by David Greising: "The ‘whole-of-government’ tack for the pandemic found success. Will it work against Chicago violence?"
Streetsblog by John Greenfield: "Murder on Red Line underscores urgent need for holistic CTA violence prevention solutions" . . . "This latest tragedy highlights the urgent need for local leaders to think outside the policing box and take constructive action to keep transit riders and workers safe."
WBEZ: "A Mom, An Activist, A Musical Cop: Meet The People Fighting Chicago Violence" . . . "We spent the summer talking with Chicagoans working to reduce shootings. Here’s what they say is driving violence — and is needed to stop it."
WBEZ by Patrick Smith: "He Dropped Out Of High School After Witnessing A Murder. 10 Years Later, He’s Graduating." . . . "Last year, Taylor was shot by rival gang members while he was walking to the store. His first thought was revenge. But anti-violence workers from the Youth Peace Center in Roseland and the gun violence nonprofit Chicago CRED heard about the shooting and were worried about retaliation."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago CRED participants grab second chances and high school diplomas"
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Civic Federation: "What We Learned about Bail Reform and Police Budgeting Reform from Two Expert Panel Discussions"
WMAQ-TV, NBC5 Chicago: "State Police Installing License Plate Reader Cameras on Chicago Expressways" . . . "Following a dramatic uptick in the number of shootings on Chicago-area interstates, the Illinois State Police began installing license plate cameras on expressways within the city this week, the agency said in a news release."
Chicago Tribune: "Illinois State Police to install license plate-reading cameras on Chicago-area expressways as violence persists"
Northwest Indiana Times: "License plate readers coming to Illinois expressways"
WBBM-TV: "Drivers Who Regularly Take The Dan Ryan Say It’s Dangerous, But They Have No Cho"
Center Square (Franklin News Foundation): "Lawmaker says FOID breach another reason to get rid of law" . . . "While Illinois State Police say they’re on top of a breach involving the information of gun owners around the state, some at the statehouse say it’s time to end the Firearm Owner’s Identification card program."
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
USA Today commentary by Amanda Klonsky and Erika Tyagi: "As COVID rates rise, mandate vaccine for prison staff" . . . "The low rates of vaccination among prison staff in Illinois are emblematic of a much larger national problem."
DOC LAWSUIT - MENTAL HEALTH CARE
WGLT-FM, Illinois State University public radio, by Edith Brady-Lunny: "Judge Unseals Report On Mental Health Care In Prisons" . . . "The public has a right to information about how Illinois prisons are managing healthcare for mentally ill inmates, a federal judge ruled Friday in ordering a report to be unsealed, over the objections of the Illinois Department of Corrections. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mihm denied an IDOC request to seal a report from Dr. Pablo Stewart, a court-appointed monitor hired to review the state's progress in a mandated overhaul of mental healthcare to 12,000 inmates. In its request to keep the report under wraps until the end of September, the state argued that more time was needed to review and verify data used by Stewart."
Beachwood Reporter commentary by the Uptown People's Law Center: "IDOC Mental Health Care Still Unconstitutional After 5 Years" . . . "The latest court-ordered report on mental health care in Illinois state prisons was released to the public Friday." . . . "This lawsuit alleged that the mental health care provided to prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is unconstitutional, and was settled in May of 2016. Stewart's report found that in the two years since the court ordered IDOC to make changes in its provision of mental health care, IDOC has failed in complying with any one of five court mandates. . . ."
PRISONER REVIEW BOARD
Effingham Daily News: "Parole hearing scheduled for killer of Trooper Layton Davis" . . . "Petitions are circulating to deny executive clemency and parole for Aaron Hyche, the killer of Illinois State Police Trooper Layton Davis. He is scheduled for a hearing Aug. 26 before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board."
Bloomberg Law: "Illinois Officer Must Face Suit for Diabetic Man’s Death" . . . "It’s premature to give a Milford, Ill., police officer qualified immunity from a lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died shortly after he was pinned down by the officer during a diabetic episode, because there are a number of factual questions that must be decided by a jury, the Seventh Circuit said." Opinion Taylor v. City of Milford
ATF STASH HOUSES
Chicago Tribune by Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner: "‘Like seeing in color after being colorblind’: After 12 years in prison for controversial stash-house conviction, Dwayne White tastes freedom"
Office of Illinois Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Providing Compassionate Release for the Critically Ill" . . . "Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation today that creates a path for the compassionate release of medically incapacitated individuals by the Prison Review Board (PRB). House Bill 3665, also known as the Joe Coleman Medical Release Act, reflects the administration's commitment to bringing about true, meaningful reform in the justice system."
Office of Illinois Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Signs Package of Legislation Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors"
Office of Illinois Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Signs Package of Legislation that Expands Protections for Immigrant and Refugee Communities"
Chicago Sun-Times by Rachel Hinton: "New law seeks to inform, protect immigrant, refugee communities — and provide lawyers in Cook County" . . . "The bills will create a public information campaign to help educate immigrants of their rights under the U.S. Constitution and Illinois law, and allow Cook County public defenders to represent non-citizens during any removal proceedings."
Injustice Watch: "Pritzker signs bill allowing Cook County public defender’s office to handle deportation cases"
Bloomington Pantagraph: "Lawsuit: Bloomington woman says McLean County jail violated son's rights" . . . "LaVonte Rayford, 25, is epileptic and had three seizures at the McLean County jail June 27, 2019 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:57 p.m., court documents said. He was not taken to the hospital until after the third seizure when he fell to the floor and suffered an injury to his face and head, the written complaint said."
Lake County News-Sun: "Officials celebrate expansion of crisis stabilization center’s hours; ‘This is a critical component ... to safely reduce our local jail population’" . . . "'This is a critical component of Lake County’s ongoing effort to safely reduce our local jail population,' sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said."
Daily Herald: "Leather chairs, soothing room: An alternative to jail in Lake County"
Daily Herald: "Former Lake County correctional officer faces custodial sexual misconduct charges"
Lake County News-Sun: "Former Lake County correctional officer charged with sexual misconduct involving inmate"
Daily Herald: "DuPage state's attorney says fatal Villa Park police shooting was justified" . . . "A Lombard resident killed by a Villa Park police officer in May was trying to get the police to kill him, according to DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin. Berlin declared Monday that police Sgt. Jose Pagan was justified in fatally shooting Haven Bailey, 25, given that Bailey refused to obey repeated orders to drop was later found to be a pellet gun."
Decatur Herald & Review by Tony Reid: "Police chief, and his community, confront Decatur's rising tide of gun violence" . . . "Shots-fired incidents in 2020 jumped 100% over the total for 2019 and city statistics up to June of this year show they are up more than 30% over the same period in 2020."
METRO EAST - VENICE
KMOV-TV, St. Louis: "All officers of small Metro East police department infected with COVID-19"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Entire Metro East police department out after COVID-19 outbreak"
AROUND THE STATE
Kankakee Daily-Journal: "Building a bridge between the community and law enforcement" . . . "The Police Stops program allows local citizens to step into the shoes of a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop. In these mock police stops, citizens go through the process of an officer."
WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "A tale of two metros: Several law enforcement agencies struggle to hire, while others manage to retain officers" . . . “The Champaign Police Department is dealing with the most vacancies they’ve ever seen, and we heard the same in July about the need for corrections officers at the Champaign County jails.” . . . “The Springfield Police Department is also missing more than a dozen officers.” . . . “But stats from late July show Urbana, Decatur, and Danville Police Departments were near fully staffed with between 1 and 5 vacancies.”
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "It's time for another look at county jail improvements" . . . "Five years after a county taxpayers forcefully rejected a plan to raise the local sales tax to pay for improvements to county facilities, the Champaign County Board seems ready to try again to correct decades-long problems with its jail infrastructure."
WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "Urbana Police revise policy to reduce structural biases and build trust with community"
Daily Herald: "Overall crime in Elgin down, but DUI, gunfire up in 2021"
Rockford Register Star: "Rockford makes history placing women at the helm of police and fire departments"
Daily Herald column by Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas: "Children who've lost loved ones to violence find solace at Camp Sheilah"
Aug. 10 - 16, 2021
CHICAGO POLICE - OFFICER ELLA FRENCH
Chicago Tribune: "Praise for slain Chicago police Officer Ella French pours in as her death continues to roil city"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Slain Chicago cop Ella French’s mom: ‘It breaks my heart, but she died doing what she was called to do’"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Victim of botched Chicago police raid says Officer Ella French was the only one who showed her ‘dignity or respect’"
Block Club Chicago: "When Anjanette Young Was The Victim Of A Wrongful Police Raid, Slain Officer Ella French Showed Her Respect And Dignity, She Says"
WBBM-TV: "Fallen Chicago Police Officer Ella French Remembered For Helping Save Life Of 1-Month-Old Baby Who Was Shot"
Chicago Tribune: "Slain Chicago police Officer Ella French was part of community safety team, often worked by newer cops in city’s toughest neighborhoods"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Suspect in killing of Officer Ella French was out of jail despite being charged in April with serious hit-and-run while on probation for robbery" . . . "Police did not ask prosecutors to consider felony charges in the hit-and-run, instead filing misdemeanor charges and citations directly and sending the case to Traffic Court, according to Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Chicago police declined to provide further information about the decision."
NPR, Weekend Edition Saturday: "Chicago Mourns Police Officer's Death Amid Rise In Homicides" . . . "NPR's Scott Simon speaks with WBEZ reporter Patrick Smith about the rise in homicides in Chicago. Last week police officer Ella French was shot and killed during a traffic stop."
Chicago Sun-Times column by Mary Mitchell: "Yes, mayor, we should be better than this" . . . "The political bickering and rancor in the wake of the killing of Ella French, the young Chicago cop gunned down in West Englewood, needs to be set aside."
Chicago Tribune: "COPA investigating off-duty officer who was shot at, returned fire"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Grieving Chicago police officers direct their anger at CPD’s second-in-command"
Chicago Tribune: "Chicago cops shun Lightfoot after 2 officers shot as morale sinks to ‘all-time low’"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot defends first deputy for trying to speed up ritual at morgue for Officer Ella French"
CHICAGO POLICE - CONTRACT
Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago police officers put aside their anger at Lightfoot to ratify eight-year contract" . . . "Rank-and-file Chicago police officers on Friday rose above their anger at Mayor Lori Lightfoot and overwhelmingly ratified a new contract that guarantees them a 20% pay raise over eight years, more than half of it retroactive."
GUNS - STRAW PURCHASES
WBBM-TV: "Jamel Danzy, Man Accused Of Buying Gun Later Used To Kill Chicago Police Officer Ella French: ‘I Just Feel Truly Bad About The Situation And That’s It’"
Chicago Sun-Times by Lynn Sweet: "Durbin: Murder of CPD Officer Ella French shows need to boost punishment of gun ‘straw purchasers’"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Judge orders release of man charged with straw purchase of gun allegedly used to kill Officer Ella French"
Chicago Tribune: "Police Superintendent David Brown says it’s ‘an outrage’ judge ordered release of man accused of supplying pistol used to kill officer"
CNN: "Behind police leaders claims that bail reform is responsible for surge in violence" . . . "'It is an outrage,' wrote Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown. His statement was in reaction to a federal judge’s decision to release the man accused of supplying the gun that was used to fatally shoot a Chicago police officer and critically wound another over the weekend. 'When I heard this afternoon that a federal judge had released the man who illegally purchased and then supplied the gun used to murder Officer Ella French, I could not believe it,' Brown wrote in a statement Wednesday night."
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Capitol Fax: "IDOC foot-draggging excuses called “nonsense” by federal judge"
ACLU of Illinois news release: "In historic victory, federal judge Federal Judge orders changes to provision of health care and housing for transgender people in custody of IDOC"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Judge says Illinois violating constitutional rights of transgender prisoners"
Injustice Watch by Carlos Ballesteros: "Cook County courts unveil ‘diverse’ slate of associate judge finalists"
CHICAGO POLICE - LAWSUIT
Chicago Tribune: "‘I’m seeking justice from people who treated me unjust.’ Keith Walker sues city and Burge detectives, alleging wrongful conviction."
COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY FOXX
Chicago Sun-Times: "Family of slain National Guard soldier calls on Kim Foxx to file murder charges"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Austin’s youth resource center embarks on a huge expansion" . . . "Established in 1969, BUILD Chicago is a gang intervention and prevention program. Originally on Milwaukee Avenue, it moved to Austin in 2011, where it sits on a full city block and offers 10,000 square feet of safe space for youth. But that 10,000 feet will soon be 50,000."
Block Club Chicago: "On The West Side, New Youth Hub Will Offer Space To Learn, Create And Grow: ‘Without Opportunity, A Community Can Lose Hope’"
Chicago Tribune: "MacArthur Foundation gives almost $80M in grants to organizations working on advancing racial and ethnic justice"
Mother Jones: "Restorative Justice Won’t Work Without This Crucial Piece" . . . "In July, Illinois lawmakers attempted to solve the problem that plagued it by barring any statements made in a restorative justice process from being used later in lawsuits, prosecutions, or other court proceedings. The 'privilege' now granted to restorative justice in Illinois resembles the same protections afforded to conversations between doctors and patients; therapists and clients; or in legal mediation. It doesn’t prohibit participants in restorative justice from disclosing what’s said in the process. But it prevents those disclosures from being used later to prove a legal case."
STATE SEN. PETERS
Current Affairs: "Meet The Democratic Socialist Holding Barack Obama’s Old State Senate Seat" . . . "Robert Peters is a 36-year-old Illinois state senator who represents the state’s 13th district." . . . "Peters was part of the Coalition to End Money Bond, which earlier this year successfully made Illinois the first state in the country to abolish cash bail. During his first year in office, Peters was the chief co-sponsor of 13 bills that were signed into law, including measures eliminating private detention centers, providing college students with SNAP benefits, increasing access to preventative HIV care for minors, increasing accountability for the foster care and corrections systems, and ending the Department of Corrections’ practice of suing ex-prisoners to recoup the costs of their imprisonment."
Sen. Robert Peters news release: "Peters extends civics education to Department of Juvenile Justice"
Office of the Illinois Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Advancing Safety and Mental Health Resources for First Responders"
Office of the Illinois Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Advancing Equity, Reducing Mandatory Minimums in Juvenile Justice System"
Chicago Tribune: "Pritzker signs measure banning police from making some background checks on speakers at public meetings"
Office of the Illinois Governor news release: "Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Creating Safer Learning Environments for Students" . . . "The legislation, which received wide bipartisan support, aims to eliminate solitary time out and other restrictive interventions within three years, while expanding training and accountability in schools as it relates to these practices."
Chicago Tribune: "GOP state lawmakers say plan for spending $2.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief is loaded with Democratic pork" . . . "A much larger chunk of money — $50 million — will go out through the Criminal Justice Information Authority grant process to other organizations for violence prevention efforts, Sims said."
Capitol News Illinois: "Slow down and move over: New laws aim to strengthen Scott’s Law"
Chicago Tribune: "Investment adviser who stole part of man’s settlement for wrongful conviction is sentenced to 42 months in federal prison"
New York Times: "Where Police Killings Often Meet With Silence: Rural America" . . . "Sometimes, policing experts said, solo officers may be more inclined to shoot because they feel at risk knowing that backup could be many miles away. Working alone 'affects the mind-set of the officer on the scene,' said Ralph Weisheit, a professor of criminal justice at Illinois State University who has studied rural policing."
ROUND LAKE BEACH
WBBM-TV: "Coroner Ruled Abel Rosiles Died In Round Lake Beach Police Custody By Swallowing Drugs, But Independent Investigator’s Findings Raise Major Doubts"
WBBM-TV: "Correctional Officers Rescue Inmate After He Tries To Throw Himself Off Mezzanine At Lake County Jail"
Lake County News-Sun column by Clifford Ward: "Sheriff says correctional officers are ‘heroes in my book’ for stopping inmate from jumping over second-floor railing"
AROUND THE STATE
Aurora Beacon-News: "Keith Cross sworn-in as new Aurora police chief"
Kankakee Daily-Journal: "Sheriff's Department to get 11 new squad cars"
Daily Southtown: "Harvey’s mayor says new police hires will provide more ‘boots on the ground’"
WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana: "‘It’s a real hurdle for people’: Crime Stoppers provides anonymous option for witnesses of crime"
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: "Coronavirus response | Six cases reported among inmates at Champaign County Jail"
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette editorial: "Ongoing shooting incidents are our No. 1 problem" . . . "These individuals are not easily dissuaded from engaging in illegal activity, particularly as it relates to the endless cycle of violence and retaliation. Indeed, they show signs of being beyond persuasion."
Aurora Beacon-News: "Grant could let Aurora police buy night vision equipment"
Illinois Newsroom: "A New Committee Will Look For Champaign County Jail Solutions"
Aug. 3 - 9, 2021
CHICAGO POLICE - OFFICER ELLA FRENCH
Chicago Tribune: "‘God took the wrong kid.’ Brother of slain officer Ella French speaks about younger sister; second cop fighting for his life" . . . "One Chicago police officer was killed and another was critically wounded during an exchange of gunfire with at least one suspect during a traffic stop Saturday night in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. Police, family and the Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the officer who died as Ella French, a 29-year-old who had worked as a Chicago cop since April 2018."
Chicago Tribune editorial: "In Chicago, they always shoot the wrong kid" . . . "Endemic gun violence is part of Chicago’s history and, in this moment of greater explosion, the city’s potentially fatal flaw.
This is a moment for rebooting our work life, homes, priorities and communities. Or so we’re told and so we say. We’re all not good for much if we can’t save all our kids and start to put this right."
Chicago Sun-Times: "Slain Chicago police officer ‘wanted to do good for the world,’ brother says"
Chicago Sun-Times editorial: "Officer Ella French wore the insignia of the Chicago Police Department — but it did not keep her safe" . . . "And perhaps this is the most pressing question of all: What might our criminal justice system have done to keep us safe from the people in that car before this bloody night?"
WTTW: "2 Brothers Charged in Fatal Shooting of Chicago Police Officer Ella French"
Chicago Tribune: "Brothers charged in weekend shooting that killed Chicago police Officer Ella French and wounded second cop"
Chicago Tribune: "Indiana man charged with making straw purchase of gun used in weekend’s fatal shooting of a Chicago police officer"
Chicago Tribune: "After 2 Chicago officers shot, cops shun Lightfoot at hospital visit as morale sinks to ‘all-time low’"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Police radio calls show frantic effort to save Chicago cop’s life. ‘Start compressions, start breathing, whatever we got to do. Start it now.’"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Feds charge alleged straw purchaser of gun used in fatal shooting of Chicago police officer”
Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago cops give cold shoulder to Mayor Lightfoot at hospital after two officers shot”
CHICAGO VIOLENCE RESPONSE
Chicago Sun-Times: "Lightfoot vows to apply lessons learned during pandemic to stop Chicago violence" . . . "An emotional Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed Thursday to apply the same “hyper-local, data-driven” approach she used to deal with the coronavirus to wipe out the “pandemic of violence” plaguing Chicago."
WTTW: "Chicago Launches New Community Safety Coordination Center to Address Violence"
Chicago Tribune: "Lightfoot announces new neighborhood violence response strategy modeled after coronavirus efforts"
Chicago Mayor's Office news release: "Mayor Lightfoot Announces the City’s First-Ever Community Safety Coordination Center"
Center Square (Franklin News Foundation): "As Illinois mourns fallen Chicago police officer, leaders work to unify behind fighting crime"
COVID VACCINATIONS - DOC & DJJ
Chicago Sun-Times: "Illinois FOP opposes Pritzker’s vaccine mandate for some state employees" . . . "Scot Ward, the president of the FOP Corrections Lodge 263, which includes employees in the state’s Departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice said in a statement late Thursday the group isn’t opposed to the vaccine, but 'we are opposed to being forced to take it.'"
Capitol Fax: "AFSCME Council 31 responds to vax mandate: Employees should not be defined as 'part of the problem'"
Capitol Fax: "AFSCME 'opposes a rigid, universal vaccination mandate,' wants to continue paid time off for COVID-infected state workers"
Chicago Sun-Times column by Rich Miller: "Up to you, AFSCME: Protect the lives of union members or stand up for imaginary ‘rights’" . . . "It’s time the state stopped waiting on front-line workers to come to their senses while drawing a government paycheck. Too many of AFSCME’s members are not part of the solution, they’re 'part of the problem.'"
WBBM-TV by Megan Hickey: "Youth Advocates Push To Close Illinois Juvenile Prisons" . . . "There is now a push to close the prisons that house the youngest criminals in Illinois — children. Instead is a proposal to rehabilitate them with a growing chorus of advocates who say prison time for juveniles is not the answer."
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Liberation News: "Illinois rallies to support women in prison" . . . "On July 30, more than two dozen activists from the Chicago area travelled by bus to the Logan Correctional Center to show support and solidarity for those inside the walls. Logan Correctional, located outside the small town of Lincoln is the state’s largest women’s prison. It recently gained notoriety when three inmates staged a hunger strike against the deplorable conditions inside that they have been forced to live in."
The claim: Slain Officer Ella French was a mother to a 2-month-old infant
Chicago police officer Ella French, 29, was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop in the West Englewood neighborhood on Aug. 7, and her partner was critically wounded.
Following French's death, some took to social media to claim that she was a mother to a 2-month-old infant, and that she recently returned to work after maternity leave.
"My prayers go out to the family of Police Officer Ella French. She was only 29 years old and just got back from maternity leave," reads an Aug. 8 Facebook post with more than 1,500 shares. "She was ambushed and gunned down last night in Chicago. She leaves behind a 2-month-old baby."
Similar versions of the claim have been shared widely on Instagram and Twitter. The claim was also picked up by online sites such as The U.S. Sun and The Daily Mail, both of which have since updated their articles.
A member of French's family and the Chicago Police Department publicly have said those reports are inaccurate.
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USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook and Instagram users who shared the post for comment.
French did not have any children
French's brother, Andrew, told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview that his sister was not married and did not have any children.
At a news conference on Aug. 8, a reporter asked Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown if he could comment on the rumors that French had just returned from maternity leave and had an infant child.
"That is not accurate," Brown said in response. "I would just encourage you not to follow Twitter news. The mom requests that we withhold more information about her daughter until she is ready to hear you all report it."
The Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit organization that honors officers killed in the line of duty, says French is survived by her mother and brother.
It's unclear where exactly the claim originated, however, Stephanie Lulay, managing editor of Book Club Chicago, pointed out in a Twitter thread that several news sites were attributing the information to unnamed reports.
Lulay found the earliest versions of the claim appeared on unverified social media accounts.
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Our rating: False
We rate the claim that French was the mother of a 2-month-old baby FALSE, based on our research. French's brother said his sister did not have any children. The Chicago Police Department also said the claim is not true.
Our fact-check sources:
Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 8, Slain Chicago police officer 'wanted to do good for the world,' brother says
Officer Down Memorial Page, Aug. 7, Police Officer Ella G. French
Chicago Police Department, Aug. 8, Twitter video
Chicago Police Department, Aug. 8, Facebook video
Stephanie Lulay, Aug. 9, Tweet
Stephanie Lulay, Aug. 9, Tweet
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Posts make false claims about fallen officer Ella French
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Chicago Med season 5 DVD review
Chicago Med season 5 is now available on DVD.
The fifth season of Chicago Med has arrived on DVD this week through Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (the home video arm of NBCUniversal). Here’s everything you need to know about Chicago Med season 5 on DVD.
Season 5 aired from September 2019 until April 2020, when it was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic necessitating the shutdown of TV and film productions. However, this set includes all of the 20 episodes that made it to air.
You can get your copy of this DVD set on Amazon where it currently retails for $29.99. It arrives in the same week as Chicago Fire‘s latest season; you can read our review of that set here.
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What are the Chicago Med season 5 DVD details?
Season 5 comes home in a six-disc set containing all 20 episodes, exactly like the Fire release.
Those episodes include the final appearances of Colin Donnell and Norma Kuhling as they returned to wrap up their characters’ storylines after being let go from the series after season 4.
The season premiere also features the debut of Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, who takes over for Donnell’s Dr. Connor Rhodes. Billed as a guest star in the premiere, Rains is moved to the main cast immediately afterward.
Video is anamorphic widescreen (which makes it similar to what you’ve been seeing on NBC if you’re watching in HD). Audio is Dolby Digital 5.1.
Closed captions are included for fans who are hard of hearing. For viewers who aren’t primarily English-speaking, the only other language included is French, and that’s subtitles only; there are no additional audio tracks.
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Is Chicago Med season 5 available on Blu-Ray?
No. There is no Chicago Med season 5 Blu-Ray release, in keeping with the fact that the show has never been put out on Blu-Ray in the United States.
This has nothing to do with the show itself; it’s expensive to put a series out on BD, and so unless a studio (in this case Universal) knows they’re going to be profitable, most TV series only get DVD releases. The good news is that DVD is still a pretty solid presentation of the show in terms of its audio and video.
What are the Chicago Med season 5 DVD special features?
Here’s the major letdown with this set. The only extras are the Chicago Fire and Chicago PD hours that made up fall’s “Infection” three-parter. That’s it; no deleted scenes, bloopers, commentaries or behind the scenes videos.
And because Med only participated in one of the two crossovers this season, that means this set has less special features than either of the other two shows.
At under $30, it’s still a good buy if you prefer having physical media or you’ve started a collection and want to keep it current. The price to buy the episodes digitally is about the same, so you don’t need the DVD but there’s also no reason not to get it either.
For the latest Chicago Med season 5 spoilers and news, plus more on the entire series, follow the Chicago Med category at One Chicago Center.
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