WBEZ | Chicago Police Department http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-police-department Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 911 Audio: Mother Asks For Help Getting Son To Hospital, Then Son Killed in Police-Involved Shooting http://www.wbez.org/news/911-audio-mother-asks-help-getting-son-hospital-then-son-killed-police-involved-shooting-114649 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/policeline_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">WBEZ has obtained the 911 call from another recent police officer involved shooting. In the audio above, we walk you through that call and one following it, and accounts from both the police and family, with this caution: the recordings may be difficult for sensitive listeners.</p><p dir="ltr">On <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-man-wounded-in-police-involved-shooting-on-west-side-20150925-story.html">Sept. 25, 2015</a>, Pamela Anderson called 911 and told the operator she needed help getting her son, who had a history of mental illness, to the hospital. The operator asked if he was violent.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;He&rsquo;s cursing and stuff, talking about he what is going to do,&rdquo; Pamela Anderson answered.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Well, cursing is not violent,&rdquo; the operator replied.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;But, yes, &nbsp;he is acting like he is, yes,&rdquo; Anderson said.</p><p dir="ltr">The operator asked if her son had a weapon and the mother said her son had a box cutter in his pocket. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;But he is not going to use it. You don&rsquo;t need to come here with no guns or nothing,&rdquo; the mother said.</p><p dir="ltr">What happened after police arrived on the scene is less clear.</p><p dir="ltr">Police documents say that James Anderson charged at them with a knife, maybe two knives, or knife-like objects. Those reports say police tried to stop Anderson with a Taser, but that when that failed to stop him, they shot.</p><p dir="ltr">A court case filed by the mother, however, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-cop-shooting-lawsuit-james-anderson-met-20160127-story.html">tells a very different story</a>. It says an officer walked into the house with his gun drawn. The mother says she begged him to put it away. She says officers went to James Anderson&rsquo;s bedroom and knocked. When her son emerged, no weapon in hand, Pamela Anderson says police shot.</p><p dir="ltr">Though the accounts from the mother and the police are different, from first-responder documents we know James Anderson was shot at least five times and died.</p><p dir="ltr">Later a neighbor called 911 to say the mother was on the ground, out in the street, presumably in shock. When the 911 operator asks the neighbor if police see the mother in the street, the neighbor says, &ldquo;They don&rsquo;t give a [expletive] about her. They just killed her son.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The Chicago agency that reviews all police shootings has an open investigation of the case and Chicago&rsquo;s Police Department says it will not comment on open cases.</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a reporter at WBEZ. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/shannon_h">@shannon_h</a></em></p></p> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/911-audio-mother-asks-help-getting-son-hospital-then-son-killed-police-involved-shooting-114649 Chicago Hires Former US Attorney To Review Law Department http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-hires-former-us-attorney-review-law-department-114436 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/danwebb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO (AP) &mdash; A former U.S. attorney will conduct an independent review of the division of Chicago&#39;s law department that defends police after a judge last week accused a city attorney of hiding evidence in a lawsuit over a fatal police shooting, the head of the department said Sunday.</p><p>Dan Webb, co-chairman of Winston &amp; Strawn, will review &quot;practices and standards&quot; of the Federal Civil Rights Litigation division, which represents Chicago and its officers in federal civil cases, including claims of excessive force, corporation counsel Steve Patton said.</p><p>He also said the department will bring in outside experts to provide yearlong, &quot;enhanced ethics training&quot; to the division&#39;s 45 lawyers and their support staff.</p><p>Last week, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang threw out a jury&#39;s April finding that the police shooting of 27-year-old black man during a 2011 traffic stop was justified. In a 72-page ruling, he accused attorney Jordan Marsh of hiding evidence and later lying about it while representing the city in a lawsuit filed by Darius Pinex&#39;s relatives. Chang also ordered a new trial.</p><p>Chang&#39;s ruling was another blow for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a police department that has been the subject of fierce criticism since the city, under court order, released squad-car footage of a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. In the video, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, armed with a closed pocket knife, is seen veering away from the officer before he opens fire.</p><p>Days after the video&#39;s release, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was opening a civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department.</p><p>Emanuel said Tuesday he didn&#39;t think it was necessary to expand that investigation to include the city&#39;s law department. Two days later, he announced there would be an independent review, but didn&#39;t disclose details.</p><p>Patton said in an emailed statement that Webb, who served as U.S. attorney for the northern district of Illinois from 1981 to 1985, will focus on how city attorneys handle discovery &mdash; the sharing of evidence with other parties in a case &mdash; as well as lawyer training and supervision. Evidence of past or current misconduct will be reported to the city&#39;s inspector general, and Webb will provide a public, written report with recommendations for changes, Patton said.</p><p>&quot;Working with respected experts in the field, we are taking immediate action to ensure that city attorneys never again repeat the violations that were made in the Pinex case and maintain the highest professional standards going forward,&quot; he said.</p><p>The city will pay Webb $295 per hour, Patton said.</p></p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-hires-former-us-attorney-review-law-department-114436 Agency That Probes Police Shootings Reaches Out to Fired Investigator http://www.wbez.org/news/agency-probes-police-shootings-reaches-out-fired-investigator-114382 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_376282653221.jpg" title="Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hired Sharon Fairley last month to head the Independent Police Review Authority. Fairley says she wants to talk with Lorenzo Davis, who was terminated in July after refusing orders to change findings that officers were at fault in several cases. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></div><p>The new chief of the agency that looks into shootings by Chicago police officers says she wants to hear out an investigator who was fired by her predecessor last July after refusing orders to change findings that the cops were at fault in several cases.</p><p>Sharon Fairley, acting chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, last month reached out to the investigator, Lorenzo Davis, a former Chicago police commander.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to hear about his side of what happened,&rdquo; Fairley said at a news conference Monday afternoon. &ldquo;I look forward to that conversation and I think that that will be happening soon.&rdquo;</p><p>Davis&rsquo;s lawyer, Torreya Hamilton, said an attorney with the city&rsquo;s Law Department called two weeks ago to set up the meeting. Hamilton said Davis, <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/fired-chicago-investigator-hopes-justice-department-will-look-into-claims">who is suing the city for wrongful termination</a>, is eager to meet with Fairley. The sides have not yet set a time and place.</p><p>Fairley, a former federal prosecutor appointed a month ago by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said she also wants to examine the work that got Davis fired.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve blocked out my entire afternoons for the month of January to do deep dives into these cases,&rdquo; Fairley said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s part of my job &mdash; to go back and look historically at these cases &mdash; to understand what policies and procedures need to be put in place to prevent issues from happening in the future.&rdquo;</p><p>WBEZ revealed <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-fires-investigator-who-found-cops-fault-shootings-112423">Davis&rsquo;s termination and his resistance to orders by IPRA superiors</a> that he change findings about at least a dozen incidents, all shootings or alleged excessive-force cases.</p><p>Davis said Monday evening he would welcome Fairley&rsquo;s review of his findings. &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to be present when she does it,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s better to review a report with the person who wrote it.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Lorenzo%20Davis%201%20crop.jpg" style="height: 262px; width: 310px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="Davis, the fired investigator, says he would be glad to meet with Fairley and would welcome her review of his findings. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)" /></p><p>Davis, who joined IPRA in 2008 and was promoted to supervise a team of investigators, said he is also eager to provide Fairley his appraisal of the agency. &ldquo;There is a culture of viewing all cases in the light most favorable to the police officers,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Fairley said talking with Davis and reviewing his cases will be among &ldquo;steps to rebuild Chicagoans&rsquo; trust in IPRA and its findings.&rdquo;</p><p>Another step, Fairley said, is restructuring the agency&rsquo;s 90-member staff. The shakeup will involve new hires, including chief of staff Annette Moore, former associate director of admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, and chief investigator Jay Westensee, who is leaving a similar job with the city&rsquo;s Office of Inspector General.</p><p>Fairley&rsquo;s predecessor, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-review-board-leader-resigns-114064" target="_blank">Scott M. Ando, was forced out as IPRA&rsquo;s chief administrator</a> after heading the agency since 2013. Ando, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, filled several key IPRA posts with <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/who-polices-police-chicago-its-increasingly-ex-cops-111194" target="_blank">former sworn law-enforcement officers</a>, including two other former DEA agents, a WBEZ investigation found.</p><p>Fairley did not directly criticize Ando&rsquo;s hiring but said the agency needs &ldquo;stronger independence.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I was a prosecutor for eight years, where my job was to collect evidence and then make the call,&rdquo; said Fairley, who worked at the U.S. Attorney&rsquo;s Office in Chicago. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;m planning on doing here.&rdquo;</p><p>Fairley also insisted she is independent from Emanuel despite a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-releases-thousands-emails-fatal-police-shooting-114334" target="_blank">pile of email messages</a> that<a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2016-01-04/emails-show-chicago-mayor%25E2%2580%2599s-office-police-and-investigators&amp;sa=U&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjpjpaeqpPKAhVG7SYKHV0jAZ8QFggFMAA&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNFEnDPq3XM6hXIMIWLl7yfJeiyDTg" target="_blank"> show coordination</a> between his aides and IPRA in recent years.</p><p>&ldquo;Yes, I&rsquo;m in communication with the mayor&rsquo;s office,&rdquo; Fairley said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve been very helpful in helping me get situated here but they have not tried to direct my activities or tell me what to do. I don&rsquo;t have any pressure on me from the mayor to conduct an investigation any particular way.&rdquo;</p><p>Fairley said she is also overhauling IPRA&rsquo;s legal team and searching for a general counsel. Eric M. Muellenbach resigned from that post last week after more than six years at the agency.</p><p>She said IPRA has not received any budget increase for the staff changes but needs more resources and would be requesting a funding increase.</p><p>Fairley also promised more transparency. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not going to jeopardize an investigation just because you&rsquo;re hungry for information but I will release it if it&rsquo;s appropriate,&rdquo; she told the reporters. &ldquo;The difference is we are no longer going to be standing by a hard-and-fast rule that we will never discuss the details of an investigation until it&rsquo;s complete. I think that that position is now untenable in the world that we&rsquo;re in.&rdquo;</p><p>To help make that point, Fairley turned to IPRA&rsquo;s latest shooting investigation. She described 911 recordings about a December 26 domestic disturbance that led to an officer&rsquo;s fatal shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Ruth Jones on Chicago&rsquo;s West Side.</p><p>That investigation could face intense scrutiny. Relatives of LeGrier and Jones have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against the city.</p><p>Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney Anita Alvarez last Thursday seemed to imply that IPRA could not handle the probe without federal help. &ldquo;This is a deeply disturbing incident that demands a very deliberate and meticulous independent investigation,&rdquo; Alvarez said in a written statement. &ldquo;At this stage, the investigation is being conducted by IPRA, but my office has also contacted the FBI to request their involvement as well.&rdquo;</p><p>IPRA has come under increasing fire since the city&rsquo;s November 24 release of a police dashboard-camera video showing a white officer shooting to death Laquan McDonald, 17, in 2014. A national outcry about that video led Emanuel to fire the city&rsquo;s police superintendent and replace Ando with Fairley. The U.S. Justice Department, meanwhile, began a civil-rights investigation of the police department, its use of deadly force, and measures to hold officers accountable.</p><p>Of more than 400 civilian shootings by police that IPRA has investigated over the last eight years, the agency has found the officers at fault in only two incidents, both off-duty, according to IPRA figures. The agency has never concluded that an on-duty shooting was unjustified.</p><p>Fairley has turned over IPRA&rsquo;s investigation of the McDonald case to the Inspector General&rsquo;s office and reopened a probe into the treatment of Philip Coleman, 38, who died after Chicago officers repeatedly used a Taser on him in a police lockup and dragged him out of his cell by handcuffs in 2012 &mdash; another incident caught on videotape. IPRA found that the officers&rsquo; actions were justified.</p><p>If Fairley pushes IPRA to be tougher on abusive officers, she could face resistance within the agency, which was part of the police department until 2007. Besides Ando&rsquo;s hires, some investigators have close ties to law enforcement, including family relationships with Chicago officers. And, since at least 2012, the only<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-sends-ipra-investigators-trainer-accused-pro-cop-bias-113077" target="_blank"> training IPRA has provided for investigating shootings</a> has been led by a controversial psychologist who often testifies in support of officers, WBEZ revealed.</p><p>Some critics say IPRA is beyond repair and should be replaced by an elected council.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/cmitchell-0">Chip Mitchell</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s West Side bureau reporter. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">@ChipMitchell1</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>, and connect with him through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chipmitchell1">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://plus.google.com/111079509307132701769" rel="me">Google+</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChipMitchell1">LinkedIn</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/agency-probes-police-shootings-reaches-out-fired-investigator-114382 Emails Show Chicago Mayor’s Office, Police and Investigators Coordinated After Shooting http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2016-01-04/emails-show-chicago-mayor%E2%80%99s-office-police-and-investigators <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/0104_laquan-protest-624x416.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In Chicago, protesters continue to <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/black-christmas-protesters-demand-the-resignation-of-mayor-rahm-emanuel" target="_blank">call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign</a> over his handling of the fatal police shooting of a black 17-year-old <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/laquan-mcdonald" target="_blank">Laquan McDonald</a>.</p><p>On New Year&rsquo;s Eve,<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-releases-thousands-emails-fatal-police-shooting-114334" target="_blank"> the city released thousands of pages of emails</a>, in response to an open records request from the Associated Press and other media outlets. The documents show, among other things, that the mayor&rsquo;s office, the police department and the independent body that investigates police shootings coordinated their response in the months following the shooting.</p><p><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/01/04/laquan-mcdonald-shooting-emails" target="_blank"><em>Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s </em></a>Meghna Chakrabarti talks with&nbsp;Michael Tarm, federal and legal affairs reporter for the AP in Chicago, about what the emails show about what the mayor&rsquo;s office knew, and when.</p></p> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2016-01-04/emails-show-chicago-mayor%E2%80%99s-office-police-and-investigators Chicago Homicides Up During Tumultuous 2015 For Police http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-homicides-during-tumultuous-2015-police-114350 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/crime_scence_file.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago murders rose to 468 in 2015, up from 416 the previous year. And while shootings increased, too, Chicago Police Department <a href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/294409498/Chicago-Police-Department-End-of-Year-Crime-Stats-for-2015">officials say overall crime decreased by 6 percent</a>. Police also say since 2011, overall crime has fallen by more than 37 percent.</p><p data-pym-src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-dailygraphics/dailygraphics/graphics/murders-2016/child.html">&nbsp;</p><script src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-dailygraphics/dailygraphics/graphics/murders-2016/js/lib/pym.js" type="text/javascript"></script><p>But Harold Pollack, co-director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, cautions against too much emphasis on end-of-the-year numbers as some sort of &ldquo;magic&rdquo; indicator.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t say that as a way to try to evade accountability. I just think the accountability should come in what we are actually doing and what are the things we have to change, as opposed to what did the number turn out to be,&rdquo; Pollack said.</p><p>He said it&rsquo;s important to focus on the fundamental issues underlying violence, citing the need to control the illegal gun market and supply jobs for youth.</p><p>&ldquo;If we focus on those, year to year we may go up or down depending on what&rsquo;s going on,&rdquo; Pollack said, &ldquo;but over time I&rsquo;m convinced that we can bring the [murder] rate down.&rdquo;</p><p>The crime statistics released on New Year&rsquo;s Day come during a challenging time for the city. Public trust is eroded in the police department, and there&rsquo;s been a pall over the holiday season with the release of the Laquan McDonald video, which shows a white police officer pumping 16 bullets into a black teenager.</p><p>Protests pushing for police reform are almost a daily occurrence. Embattled Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired the police superintendent and the head of the Independent Police Review Authority. The mayor also appointed a police task force. The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into the police department. Earlier this week the mayor cut short a Cuba family vacation to deal with another police-involved shooting last weekend that left two black West Siders dead: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/following-police-shooting-clean-questions-and-coping-austin-114310">Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and Bettie Jones, 55, who police say they shot by mistake</a>.</p><p>Among the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mayor-emanuel-announces-overhaul-chicago-police-training-tasers-114318">police reforms announced this week</a>: doubling the number of Tasers for officers who respond to calls for service, expanded use of body cameras and de-escalation tactics.</p><p data-pym-src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-dailygraphics/dailygraphics/graphics/shootings-2016/child.html">&nbsp;</p><script src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-dailygraphics/dailygraphics/graphics/shootings-2016/js/lib/pym.js" type="text/javascript"></script><p><i><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author"><span id="cke_bm_207S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. Email her at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>.&nbsp;You can follow her on </i><a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore"><i> Twitter</i><span id="cke_bm_207E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></a></p></p> Fri, 01 Jan 2016 13:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-homicides-during-tumultuous-2015-police-114350 Aldermen Finally Have Questions on Police Accountability at Marathon City Council Meeting http://www.wbez.org/news/aldermen-finally-have-questions-police-accountability-marathon-city-council-meeting-114173 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cityhall-flickr-don-harder.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Chicago aldermen have been upbraided for swiftly approving a $5 million settlement to the family of Laquan McDonald, the black teenager fatally shot 16 times by a white police officer.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">They never saw the video of him gunned down in the street. They didn&rsquo;t inquire much.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">But at an 11-hour hearing Tuesday, many city council members used the opportunity to finally start asking some questions, but also to make statements.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">&ldquo;We do understand that there are good police officers there,&rdquo; Ald. Emma Mitts said. &ldquo;But Lord help help them bad suckers. Lord help them because they don&rsquo;t need to be out there representing nobody.&rdquo;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Sharon Fairley, the new acting head of the Independent Police Review Authority, told aldermen that Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave her the directive of fixing IPRA.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">&ldquo;I think that IPRA can do a much better job of fulfilling its mandate of driving policies and procedures with the Chicago Police Department learning about what&rsquo;s wrong with the culture and the processes as we conduct our investigations,&rdquo; Fairley told aldermen.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Aldermen threw many questions at her, from IPRA procedures to police contracts, but Fairley often answered that with only four days on the job she hasn&rsquo;t had time to fully analyze the issues yet.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Still, Tuesday was riddled with council contradictions.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Just two months ago the now-fired head of IPRA Scott Ando appeared before the council as part of the budget hearings. Aldermen had only a few questions, speaking to Ando for less than 45 minutes.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Now faced with an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Emanuel has wholly discredited the police discipline system in Chicago, saying it needs to be reformed from top to bottom.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Chicago has paid out more than $500 million in settlements for police wrongdoings since 2004. City Council has approved those checks.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the union, defended officers when he addressed city council</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">&ldquo;The rhetoric that comes from here and the media has really really kicked these kids while they&rsquo;re down, these officers,&rdquo; Angelo said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">But his comments aggravated Ald. Pat Dowell.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">&ldquo;Mr. Angelo, I&rsquo;m very upset with you,&rsquo; Dowell said. &ldquo;I was taken aback when you said your kids are feeling like they&rsquo;ve been kicked while they&rsquo;re down. Well, our kids are getting killed while they&rsquo;re down. I want you know that this FOP contract, the status quo is unacceptable. And we&rsquo;re going to have to make some changes on that. And if you&rsquo;re uncomfortable with it, we&rsquo;re uncomfortable and that&rsquo;s just too bad.&rdquo;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Eight hours into the meeting, at dinnertime, Chicago&rsquo;s new Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante stepped before the city council. A written copy of his prepared remarks had started quote, &ldquo;Good Morning.&rdquo; By that point, there were probably only 12 aldermen still at the hearing.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Escalante was the chief of detectives when the Laquan McDonald shooting happened. Questions linger about whether officers on the scene lied about the teenager lunging toward officers.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">&ldquo;Let me be clear, any officer who lies in the course or performance of their duty or who files false case reports in the course or performance of their duty or who covers up the bad actions of others must be disciplined and will face termination,&rdquo; Escalante said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">While Escalante spoke a group of young black men erupted into protest from the back of the gallery, repeating the phrase &ldquo;16 shots and a cover up.&rdquo;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68bedfa3-ab3b-2af7-7fcd-c462e95144cc">Police escorted them out of council chambers.</span></p></p> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/aldermen-finally-have-questions-police-accountability-marathon-city-council-meeting-114173 Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans Acquitted of Putting Gun in Suspect's Mouth http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-15/police-cmdr-glenn-evans-acquitted-putting-gun-suspects-mouth <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/evans trial wbez Chip Mitchell_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Cook County judge <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-acquitted-putting-gun-suspects-mouth-114153">acquitted Chicago police commander Glenn Evans</a> of aggravated battery and official misconduct charges, despite DNA evidence. Judge Diane Cannon said Ricky Williams gave inconsistent statements during the investigation and the trial. Williams said Evans rammed a gun down his throat and tased him in the groin.</p><p>Locke Bowman, a Northwestern law professor and executive director of the MacArthur Justice Center, dissects Evans&rsquo; acquittal.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-15/police-cmdr-glenn-evans-acquitted-putting-gun-suspects-mouth Evans trial recap and verdict prediction http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-14/evans-trial-recap-and-verdict-prediction-114158 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/evans trial wbez Chip Mitchell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>Chicago police Cmdr. Glenn Evans was found &quot;not guilty&quot; on all counts.</em></p><p>A Chicago police commander accused of assaulting a suspect will learn his fate Monday morning. Rickey Williams said Glenn Evan&#39;s shoved the barrel of a pistol down Williams throat and tasered him on the groin.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Chip Mitchell </a>revealed the case last year and has been covering it ever since. He joins us from our West Side bureau, a few blocks from the criminal courthouse. He recaps the trial before the verdict is announced in about an hour. And<a href="http://peopleslawoffice.com/"> People&rsquo;s Law Office</a>&rsquo;s G. Flint Taylor has his analysis of the case.</p></p> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-14/evans-trial-recap-and-verdict-prediction-114158 Morning Shift: December 11, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/morning-shift-december-11-2015-114141 <p><p>This week, the Chicago Police Department released yet another video, this one showing officers repeatedly using a Taser on a man in custody. The man later died from a toxic reaction to an anti-psychotic drug he received in a hospital. We have a conversation about<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/divide-between-mental-health-treatment-and-criminal-justice-114140"> interactions between police and the mentally ill</a>. A new study claims that 1 in 4 people killed by police in the U.S. have a mental illness. And we take a look at the crisis-intervention training that cops receive here in Chicago &mdash; some are calling for changes to that training.</p><p>Then, another fight for reform. A writer with the Chicago Reporter tells us about the latest battle over the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/breakdown-chicago%E2%80%99s-police-contract-114139">police union&rsquo;s contract</a> with the city.</p><p>Plus, a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/winter-arts-preview-hosts-general-admission-114138">winter preview</a> of local theatre, dance, comedy, and more from the hosts of arts podcast General Admission&nbsp;</p><p>And on the eve of what would have been his 100th birthday, we celebrate the music of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/frank-sinatra-would-be-celebrating-his-100th-birthday-114137">Frank Sinatra</a>.</p></p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/morning-shift-december-11-2015-114141 The Divide between Mental Health Treatment and Criminal Justice http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/divide-between-mental-health-treatment-and-criminal-justice-114140 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/coleman video.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a Chicago police video made public, Philip Coleman, a black man, is shown being tased repeatedly in his jail cell by a group of officers and then dragged down a hallway while in handcuffs. He later died after an adverse reaction to an antipsychotic medication.</p><p>Coleman&rsquo;s parents say their son was suffering a mental breakdown, and when police arrived on the scene, they asked that he be taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.</p><p>The response from police: &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t do hospitals, we do jails.&rdquo;</p><p>As the video shows, things deteriorated from there, and critics say the way police interact with the mentally ill needs to change starting with that initial encounter.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/johnsnooktac">John Snook</a>, executive director of the <a href="http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/">Treatment Advocacy Center</a>, a nonprofit dedicated to the effective treatment of mental illness, sheds light on the issue. He&rsquo;s co-author of the new study that examines the role of mental illness in fatal law enforcement encounters.</p><p>And we also turn to Amy Watson, associate professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago, who&rsquo;s working at the intersection of mental health care and the criminal justice system in Chicago. She&rsquo;s studying how the Chicago Police Department responds to mental health calls.</p></p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/divide-between-mental-health-treatment-and-criminal-justice-114140