WBEZ | Chicago Police Department http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-police-department Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Why Chicago Didn't Riot After Laquan McDonald Video Release http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_610478196876_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the moments before the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933">city released the video</a> showing Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year old Laquan McDonald, Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged residents to stay calm.</p><p>&ldquo;It is fine to be passionate but it is essential that it remain peaceful. We have a collective responsibility in the city of Chicago to ensure that this time of healing happens,&rdquo; Emanuel said at a press conference.</p><p>Given the fever pitch nationally about police brutality and previous rioting in Ferguson and Baltimore, Chicago officials&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-24/chicago-braces-black-lives-matter-protests-113924">braced</a> for an uprising in response to the video. They held <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-meeting-ministers-discuss-police-shooting-video-113906">closed-door meetings</a> on how to handle protesters.</p><p>Young black activists did take to the streets Tuesday night &mdash; to honor McDonald and protest police brutality. But the march downtown didn&rsquo;t result in property damage or anything resembling a riot.</p><p>As the Associated Press <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/5-arrested-during-largely-peaceful-protests-following-release-police-shooting-video-113934">reported</a>, the protests that began Tuesday evening were largely peaceful.</p><blockquote><p>Malcolm London, 22, was among five people who were arrested on charges that included weapons possession and resisting arrest.</p><p>He was charged with hitting an officer. On Wednesday, Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas dismissed the charge said the state&#39;s attorney&#39;s office recommended that the charge be dropped. and told London he was free to go.</p><p>London, wearing a T-shirt with the phrase &quot;Unapologetically black&quot; on it, walked outside the courthouse to loud cheers.</p><p>A crowd of supporters chanted, &quot;We&#39;re going to be all right&quot; and &quot;Set our people free.&quot;</p><p>Prosecutors did not explain why their office recommended dropping the charge.</p></blockquote><p>Veronica Morris-Moore participated in the protests Tuesday night. She didn&rsquo;t expect chaos, and says the reason others did is because black youth are stereotyped as violent.</p><p>&ldquo;I think people expected Chicago to burst in flames because the dominate narrative out there is that black people are reckless and we don&rsquo;t care about our communities or neighborhoods,&rdquo; Morris-Moore said.</p><p>She&rsquo;s part of a coalition that includes groups such as Fearless Leading by the Youth, We Charge Genocide and Assata&rsquo;s Daughters &mdash; just to name a few.</p><p>&ldquo;At the end of the day what our movement is doing is exposing these contradictions, exposing these stereotypes, exposing this anti-black culture,&rdquo; Morris-Moore said.</p><p>University of Chicago political scientist Cathy Cohen agrees that a spontaneous riot shouldn&rsquo;t have been the default expectation.</p><p>&ldquo;There is a way in which these young activists have a very deep understanding of who they need to target and where those targets are situated,&rdquo; Cohen said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re not going to burn down black communities.&rdquo;</p><p>No matter how chilling, the dashcam video&rsquo;s content was no surprise. And activism among these young people didn&rsquo;t start with McDonald&rsquo;s death.</p><p>&ldquo;They understand that this is an issue not about one police officer but the system of policing and accountability and power,&rdquo; Cohen said.</p><p>The groups have protested several police shootings and pushed for the firing of Dante Servin, the officer who killed Rekia Boyd. Just this week, Chicago&rsquo;s top cop <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909">recommended Servin be fired</a>.</p><p>Activists also lobbied for an expansive trauma center on the South Side, which is partly coming to fruition.</p><p>And Chicago is the only city in the country giving reparations to police torture victims &mdash; a direct result of years of activism.</p><p>From Fred Hampton in the 1960s, to the Black Radical Congress of the 1990s, to waves of progressive and feminist organizations, black activism in Chicago has a strong legacy.</p><p>The Black Youth Project&rsquo;s Charlene Carruthers says activists will continue that legacy by demanding justice and investment in black communities.</p><p>&ldquo;What I expect is for more people to continue to join the ongoing organizing that&rsquo;s been happening in the city of Chicago for the past several years that&rsquo;s led by young black organizers,&rdquo; Carruthers said.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. nmoore@wbez.org. Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343">Google+</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955 Reactions to the Laquan McDonald video and how the city handled the situation http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/reactions-laquan-mcdonald-video-and-how-city-handled-situation <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/laquan.png" alt="" /><p><p>We hear from a number of people &mdash; including listeners &mdash; in the aftermath of the release of the Chicago police dash-cam video that shows the shooting death last year of teenager Laquan McDonald. He was shot 16 times by former officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged Wednesday with first degree murder by the Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney&rsquo;s office. He turned himself in and is now in jail.</p><p>Guests include:</p><ul><li>WBEZ southside bureau reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Natalie Moore</a></li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/CharleneCac?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Charlene Carruthers</a>, national director for <a href="https://twitter.com/byp_100">Black Youth Project 100</a></li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/may20p?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Page May</a>, organizer with the group <a href="https://twitter.com/ChiCopWatch?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">We Charge Genocide</a></li><li>Joseph Moseley, retired CPD officer with nearly 31 years on the force</li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/rodericktsawyer">Alderman Roderick Sawyer</a> of the 6th Ward, which includes parts of Chatham and Englewood</li><li>Pat Hill, retired CPD officer with 21 years on the force. She now teaches Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University&nbsp;</li><li>Eugene O&rsquo;Donnell, professor of law and policing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former police officer and prosecutor</li><li>William Calloway, protester with Christianaire</li></ul></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/reactions-laquan-mcdonald-video-and-how-city-handled-situation Chicago Officer Charged with Murder in Killing of Black Teen http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933 <p><p>▲ <strong>LISTEN:</strong> <em>After a long investigation into the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, the case quickly unfolded Tuesday and now a Chicago police officer is charged with murder. WBEZ&rsquo;s Natalie Moore tells us how it all went down.</em></p><p><em>Updated Nov. 25, 6:52 a.m.</em></p><p>The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.</p><p>The question now is whether those efforts will be enough to address the simmering resentment that authorities took more than a year to share the footage and charge the officer who emptied an entire magazine into the teen even after he had crumpled to the ground.</p><p>City officials and community leaders had long braced for the release of the dash-cam video showing the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. They feared the kind of turmoil that occurred in cities such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after young black men were slain by police or died in police custody.</p><p>A judge ordered that the recording be made public by Wednesday. Moments before it was released, the mayor and the police chief urged protesters to stay calm.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel said residents will &quot;have to make an important judgment about our city and ourselves and go forward.&quot; He referred to the episode as a potential &quot;moment of understanding and learning.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="290" scrolling="no" src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/457341909/457341910" title="NPR embedded audio player" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>▲ LISTEN</strong><em>: NPR&#39;s Linda Wertheimer talks to attorney Craig Futterman, who joined the fight to have the Laquan McDonald video released.</em></p><p>Chicago authorities are right to be concerned. The sometimes violent protest movement that was galvanized by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014 continues to disrupt cities nationwide. The Nov. 15 killing of black 24-year-old Jamar Clark by a white Minneapolis police officer has prompted days of protests outside a police precinct. And the demonstrations continue, despite calls from Clark&#39;s family to go home after a shooting near the protest site injured five people.</p><p>In Chicago, protest groups are expected to stage more demonstrations in the days ahead, including one at City Hall scheduled for Wednesday and another seeking to block the main city&#39;s shopping thoroughfare, Michigan Avenue, during Friday&#39;s holiday spending bonanza.</p><p>Among the protesters was Justin Taylor, an 18-year-old University of Iowa student who returned home to Chicago for Thanksgiving.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s powerful we&#39;re coming together,&quot; Taylor said. &quot;Things like this happen too often.&quot;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ferguson-rise-charges-against-police-officers-113953" target="_blank">RELATED:&nbsp;<span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: 21px;">Since Ferguson, A Rise In Charges Against Police Officers</span></a></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_610478196876.jpg" style="height: 359px; width: 540px;" title="Chicago police form a line to prevent protesters from entering an expressway on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago. White Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times last year, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing. (AP/Paul Beaty)" /></p><p>The relevant portion of the video runs for less than 40 seconds and has no audio.</p><p>McDonald swings into view on a four-lane street where police vehicles are stopped in the middle of the roadway. As he jogs down an empty lane, he appears to pull up his pants and then slows to a brisk walk, veering away from two officers who are emerging from a vehicle and drawing their guns.</p><p>Almost immediately, one of the officers appears to fire from close range. McDonald spins around and collapses on the pavement.</p><p>The car with the camera continues to roll forward until the officers are out of the frame. Then McDonald can be seen lying on the ground, moving occasionally. At least two small puffs of smoke are seen coming off his body as the officer continues firing.</p><p>In the final moments, an officer kicks something out of McDonald&#39;s hands.</p><p>Police have said the teen had a knife. Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Tuesday that a 3-inch knife with its blade folded into the handle was recovered from the scene.</p><p>Shortly after the video&#39;s release, protesters began marching through city streets. Several hundred people blocked traffic on the near West Side. Some circled police cars in an intersection and chanted &quot;16 shots.&quot;</p><p>Demonstrators, at times numbering in the hundreds, streamed through streets in the downtown and near South Side areas, gathering at one point outside the police department&#39;s District 1 headquarters.</p><p>Later, along Michigan Avenue, at least one person was detained, which led to a tense moment as protesters tried to prevent police from taking him away. Some threw plastic water bottles at officers and sat behind a police vehicle, refusing to move. Officers pulled them away, and the vehicle sped off.</p><p>The biggest group had mostly dissipated by 11 p.m., with a few dozen returning to the District 1 building. Another group of at least 50 people briefly blocked a busy expressway before walking toward a lakefront park.</p><p>Before the release of the video, city officials spent months arguing that the footage could not be made public until the conclusion of several investigations. After the judge&#39;s order, the investigations were quickly wrapped up and a charge announced.</p><p>Alvarez said concern about the impending release prompted her to move up the announcement of the murder charge.</p><p>&quot;It is graphic. It is violent. It is chilling,&quot; she said. &quot;To watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is deeply disturbing. I have absolutely no doubt that this video will tear at the hearts of all Chicagoans.&quot;</p><p>But she also defended the 13 months it took to charge Officer Jason Van Dyke, insisting that she made a decision &quot;weeks ago&quot; to charge him and the video&#39;s ordered release did not influence that.</p><p>Some community leaders questioned that assertion.</p><p>&quot;This is a panicky reaction to an institutional crisis within the criminal justice system,&quot; said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said he hoped to see &quot;massive&quot; but peaceful demonstrations.</p><p>Months after McDonald&#39;s death, the city agreed to a $5 million settlement with his family, even before relatives filed a lawsuit, a move that also drew deep skepticism from the community.</p><p>At the time of McDonald&#39;s death, police were responding to complaints about someone breaking into cars and stealing radios.</p><p>Van Dyke, who was denied bond on Tuesday, was the only officer of the several who were on the scene to open fire.</p><p>Alvarez said the officer was on the scene for just 30 seconds before he started shooting. She said he opened fire just six seconds after getting out of his vehicle and kept firing even though McDonald dropped to the ground after the initial shots.</p><p>At Tuesday&#39;s hearing, Assistant State&#39;s Attorney Bill Delaney said the shooting lasted 14 or 15 seconds and that McDonald was on the ground for 13 of those seconds.</p><p>An autopsy report showed that McDonald was shot at least twice in his back and PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, was found in his system.</p><p>Van Dyke&#39;s attorney, Dan Herbert, maintains his client feared for his life and acted lawfully and that the video does not tell the whole story.</p><p>After the shooting, Van Dyke was stripped of his police powers and assigned to desk duty.</p><p>Herbert said the case needs to be tried in a courtroom and &quot;can&#39;t be tried in the streets, can&#39;t be tried on social media and can&#39;t be tried on Facebook.&quot;</p><p><strong>Watch the dashcam video of the incident below<a name="video"></a>. </strong></p><p><em>Viewer discretion advised: This video contains graphic violent images.</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Du3rWHWm61Q?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p><strong>Bond Proffer for Officer Jason Van Dyke</strong></p><p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/291101657/Bond-proffer-for-Officer-Jason-Van-Dyke" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Bond proffer for Officer Jason Van Dyke on Scribd">Bond proffer for Officer Jason Van Dyke</a> by <a href="https://www.scribd.com/user/158286203/Chicago-Public-Media" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Chicago Public Media's profile on Scribd">Chicago Public Media</a></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.7729220222793488" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_7874" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/291101657/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-qs7qHO2RuREQd21Tm8ym&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933 Chicago Braces For Black Lives Matter Protests http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-24/chicago-braces-black-lives-matter-protests-113924 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/7025398493_545f52fb1a_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, turned himself in this morning in order to be <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/first-degree-murder-charge-chicago-police-officer-black-teens-death-113912" target="_blank">charged with the October 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald</a>, who is African-American.</p><p>Tonight, city officials will release video of the confrontation. Lawyers for the McDonald family say the video&nbsp;shows Van Dyke firing multiple rounds at McDonald as he lay on the ground, after Van Dyke and other officers confronted the teenager acting erratically and carrying a knife.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">I am asking people who believe in prayer to pray for our city 48hrs of prayer Tues 6pm - Thurs 6pm Pray where you are, with us, for us <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pray?src=hash">#pray</a></p>&mdash; Corey Brooks (@CoreyBBrooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyBBrooks/status/669146255533191168">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, tells<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/24/chicago-police-shooting-video" target="_blank"><em>&nbsp;Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</em></a> Meghna Chakrabarti that the Department of Justice has called him and other Chicago pastors to act as a buffer so that violence doesn&rsquo;t get out of hand as people protest.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-24/chicago-braces-black-lives-matter-protests-113924 First-Degree Murder Charge For Chicago Police Officer in Black Teen's Death http://www.wbez.org/news/first-degree-murder-charge-chicago-police-officer-black-teens-death-113912 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ap_638204661594_vert-e576421a80dc8923d9157a10b8bb0bf901a69fb4-s1400.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res457237265" previewtitle="A memorial to Laquan McDonald, 17, and other victims of violence is seen in April at the Sullivan House Alternative High School in Chicago. McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014."><div><div><p>More than a year after prosecutors say Officer Jason Van Dyke shot and killed Laquan McDonald, 17, a first-degree murder charge has been filed against the officer.</p></div></div></div><p>McDonald was shot 16 times in October of 2014. Police say he had refused to follow officers&#39; instructions as he walked down a street with a knife, and that he had punctured several cars&#39; tires.An attorney for McDonald&#39;s family says he had his back to the officers when he was shot.</p><p>&quot;Van Dyke turned himself into authorities this morning and is scheduled to appear in bond court today at noon,&quot; according to a statement from the office of Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez.</p><p>We&#39;ll update this post with news from the bond hearing and a news conference by Alvarez this afternoon.</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-cop-shooting-video-laquan-mcdonald-charges-20151123-story.html">The <em>Chicago Tribune</em></a>&nbsp;says it&#39;s the first time one of the city&#39;s officers &quot;has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality in nearly 35 years.&quot;</p><div id="res457237652" previewtitle="An autopsy diagram provided by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office shows the location of wounds on the body of Laquan McDonald."><div><div><p>The announcement comes as many in Chicago have been anxiously awaiting the court-ordered release of a dash-cam video of the shooting, worried that it could spark unrest in the city.</p></div></div></div><p>Ahead of tomorrow&#39;s deadline for the footage to be released, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other community leaders have been calling for calm, while activists are planning protests &ndash;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20151123/downtown/pfleger-tells-flock-block-mag-mile-on-friday-protest-laquan-mcdonald">including one demonstration</a>&nbsp;that would block a major commercial street on Black Friday.<img alt="A memorial to Laquan McDonald, 17, and other victims of violence is seen in April at the Sullivan House Alternative High School in Chicago. McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/mcdonald-laquan_wide-a83dbf7cc8c55c07cbf8e4dbf5cdc6de8bcf0182-s800-c85.jpg" style="text-align: center; height: 349px; width: 620px;" title="A memorial to Laquan McDonald, 17, and other victims of violence is seen in April at the Sullivan House Alternative High School in Chicago. McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. (Zbigniew Bzdak/TNS /Landov)" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="An autopsy diagram provided by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office shows the location of wounds on the body of Laquan McDonald." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/autopsy_vert-5c2b01a0861d725e52e163a3da13712bc11d7def-s400-c85.jpg" style="text-align: center; height: 533px; width: 400px;" title="An autopsy diagram provided by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office shows the location of wounds on the body of Laquan McDonald. (Cook County Medical Examiner/AP)" /></p><div><div>The Associated Press reports:</div><div><blockquote><div><em>Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois State Police are working with Chicago officials to ensure people remain safe following the release of a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teen 16 times. ...</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Rauner said Tuesday his office has been briefed on the contents of the video that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald&#39;s death in 2014. Rauner says the video is &quot;very troubling&quot; and that he expects public reaction to be &quot;strong.&quot; But he says he hopes and believes the response will be &quot;thoughtful and peaceful.&quot; The Republican declined to say whether he&#39;s deployed additional troopers to Chicago or put the Illinois National Guard on standby.</em></div></blockquote><div>A recap of the shooting comes from member station&nbsp;WBEZ:</div></div><blockquote><div><p style="text-align: justify;"><em>&quot;Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shot McDonald 16 times. He arrived at the scene after other officers had been following the African-American teen as he walked the streets carrying a knife and refusing to follow orders. An autopsy report showed that the hallucinogenic drug PCP was found in McDonald&#39;s system, according to the Associated Press. Van Dyke&#39;s attorney says the officer feared for his life.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>WBEZ adds that Van Dyke, 37, who was put on administrative duty after the shooting, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/officer-who-killed-laquan-mcdonald-lacked-crisis-training-113907" target="_blank">had not received voluntary crisis intervention training</a>, which focuses on options other than force to resolve conflicts.</p><p>In April, Chicago&#39;s City Council&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-council-approves-5m-settlement-police-shooting-111871">approved a $5 million settlement</a>&nbsp;with McDonald&#39;s family, which had not filed a lawsuit.</p><p>Emanuel says he hasn&#39;t seen the video &mdash; but as he called for calm,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-cop-shooting-video-laquan-mcdonald-rahm-emanuel-20151123-story.html">he also said</a>&nbsp;that from what he has learned about the case, &quot;What happened here is wrong. There is no justification and it&#39;s profoundly hideous, in my view.&quot;</p><p>The&nbsp;<em>Chicago Sun-Times</em>&nbsp;recently&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1119435/more-than-bullets-killed-laquan-mcdonald-teenage-chicago-police-shooting-victim">filled in some of the details</a>&nbsp;about McDonald&#39;s life, relaying the story of a young boy who was twice taken out of his mother&#39;s care due to abuse allegations. The newspaper reports that he was a ward of the state when he was killed, and adds that &quot;McDonald was particularly close to his grandmother, Goldie Hunter, and was in her care until she died last year. His daily life seemed to unravel after her death.&quot;</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/24/457233148/first-degree-murder-charge-for-chicago-police-officer-who-shot-teen" target="_blank">via NPR</a></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/first-degree-murder-charge-chicago-police-officer-black-teens-death-113912 Officer Accused in Teen's Death Turns Himself In, Expected to Be Charged http://www.wbez.org/news/officer-accused-teens-death-turns-himself-expected-be-charged-113910 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Chicago Police_Flickr_Isador Ruyter Harcourt_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; The latest on the shooting of a black teenager by a white&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police officer. (All times local):</p><p><strong>9:15 a.m.</strong></p><p>A white&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times has turned himself in at the Cook County courthouse where he&#39;s expected to face a murder charge.</p><p>Trailed by reporters and photographers, Officer Jason Van Dyke walked into the courthouse Tuesday morning.</p><p>An official close to the investigation told The Associated Press&#39; Don Babwin that county prosecutors are expected to charge him with murder on Tuesday.</p><p>The official spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the expected charges.</p><p>The Oct. 20, 2014, shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was captured on a squad car&#39;s dashcam, and a judge has given the city until the end of Wednesday to release it publicly.</p><p>Several people who have seen the video say it shows McDonald armed with a small knife and walking away from several officers. An autopsy report says he was shot at least twice in his back.</p><p>As reported earlier:</p><p>A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times was expected to be charged with murder Tuesday, just a day ahead of a deadline for the city to release a squad-car video of the shooting.</p><p>Veteran officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to be indicted in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, an official close to the investigation told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt an announcement of the charge.</p><p>City officials and community leaders have been bracing for the release of the video, fearing an outbreak of unrest and demonstrations similar to those that occurred in Baltimore, Ferguson, Missouri and other cities after young black men were slain by police or died in police custody. The judge ordered the dash-cam recording to be released by Wednesday after city officials had argued for months it couldn&#39;t be made public until the conclusion of several investigations.</p><p>Several people who have seen the video say it shows the teenager armed with a small knife and walking away from several officers on Oct. 20, 2014. They say Van Dyke opened fire from about 15 feet and kept shooting after the teen fell to the ground. An autopsy report says McDonald was shot at least twice in his back. It also said PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, was found in the teen&#39;s system.</p><p>An attorney for Van Dyke did not respond to messages from the AP seeking comment.</p><p>Chicago police also moved late Monday to discipline a second officer who had shot and killed an unarmed black woman in 2012 in another incident causing tensions between the department and minority communities. Superintendent Garry McCarthy recommended firing Officer Dante Servin for the shooting of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, saying Servin showed &quot;incredibly poor judgment.&quot; A jury had acquitted Servin of involuntary manslaughter and other charges last April.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel called together a number of community leaders Monday to appeal for help calming the emotions that have built up over the McDonald shooting. Some attendees said city officials waited too long to ask for their involvement.</p><p>&quot;You had this tape for a year and you are only talking to us now because you need our help keeping things calm,&quot; one of the ministers, Corey Brooks, said after the meeting.</p><p>Ira Acree, who described the meeting with Emanuel as &quot;very tense, very contentious,&quot; said the mayor expressed concerns about the prospect of any demonstrations getting out of control.</p><p>Another minister who attended, Jedidiah Brown, said emotions were running so high that there would be no stopping major protests once the video is released.</p><p>The fears of unrest stem from longstanding tensions between the Chicago police and minority communities, partly due to the department&#39;s dogged reputation for brutality, particularly involving blacks. Dozens of men, mostly African American, said they were subjected to torture at the hands of a Chicago police squad headed by former commander Jon Burge during the 1970s, &#39;80s and early &#39;90s, and many spent years in prison. Burge was eventually convicted of lying about the torture and served 4&frac12; years in prison.</p><p>The two ministers said blacks in the city are upset because the officer, though stripped of his police powers, has been assigned to desk duty and not fired.</p><p>&quot;They had the opportunity to be a good example and a model across the country on how to improve police and community relations and they missed it,&quot; Acree said.</p><p>The Police Department said placing an officer on desk duty after a shooting is standard procedure and that it is prohibited from doing anything more during the investigations.</p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/officer-accused-teens-death-turns-himself-expected-be-charged-113910 McCarthy to Chicago Police Board: Fire Dante Servin http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/danteservin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago police superintendent is recommending that an officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in 2012 be fired.</p><p>A board that reviews allegations of misconduct by Chicago police officers <a href="http://www.wbez.org/detective%E2%80%99s-recommended-firing-owes-public-pressure-his-attorney-says-112970">recommended in September</a> that Officer Dante Servin be fired for the shooting of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd.</p><p>Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said <a href="https://twitter.com/AJGuglielmi/status/669002934366138369">in a statement</a> Monday night that he agreed with that assessment.</p><p>McCarthy said Servin showed &quot;incredibly poor judgment.&quot;</p><p>Boyd died after one of the five bullets from Servin&#39;s handgun pierced her head.</p><p>Servin said he fired because he felt threatened when he confronted a group at a park.</p><p>A judge found Servin not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and other charges during a trial that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/after-detective%E2%80%99s-acquittal-fatal-shooting-prosecutors-face-criticism-111907">ended in April</a>.</p><p>McCarthy says the charges justifying Servin&#39;s firing will be sent to the Chicago Police Board, which makes disciplinary decisions, for further action.</p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909 Prosecutors Ask Chicago Police to Release Video of Shot Teen http://www.wbez.org/news/prosecutors-ask-chicago-police-release-video-shot-teen-113847 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Chicago_police_pan.jpg" style="height: 369px; width: 620px;" title="(Wikimedia Commons)" /></div><p>Illinois&#39; attorney general asked Chicago police on Wednesday to release a video that allegedly shows an officer shooting a black teenager 16 times last year.</p><div><p>The request came a day before a judge was expected to decide whether to order police to release dashboard-camera video of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Police have said McDonald refused to drop a knife when officers confronted him while responding to a call about a man with a knife walking down a street on the city&#39;s southwest side in October 2014.</p><p>Attorney General Lisa Madigan&#39;s office said the police department had &quot;unsubstantiated&quot; claims that releasing the footage to a journalist could hinder an ongoing investigation or deprive anyone of a fair trial. The letter also said police had no legal right to withhold the video because another agency, the Independent Police Review Authority, was conducting the investigation.</p><p>An attorney for McDonald&#39;s family, Jeffrey Neslund, who has seen the video, said the footage shows McDonald was armed with a small knife but walking away from police when an officer opened fire. He noted that McDonald&#39;s mother doesn&#39;t want the video released, because she fears it could spark violence in her Chicago neighborhood similar to the riots that erupted in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after police-involved deaths of black residents.</p><p>The Chicago City Council took the unusual step in April of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-council-approves-5m-settlement-police-shooting-111871" target="_blank">approving a $5 million settlement</a> with McDonald&#39;s family, even though the family hadn&#39;t sued, after being advised to do so by a city attorney who had seen the video.</p><p>An autopsy report showed that McDonald was shot 16 times, including at least twice in his back. The autopsy report also said McDonald had PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, in his system.</p><p>Police have said that the officer who shot McDonald had been stripped of his police powers and assigned to desk duty. Police have released few details about the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation, but the city&#39;s attorney has said that McDonald was walking away from police when he was shot.</p><p>Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi declined comment on Wednesday when asked about Thursday&#39;s trial. He didn&#39;t immediately return phone messages later in the day seeking comment on the attorney general&#39;s letter.</p><p>A Cook County judge is expected to issue a ruling Thursday on a public records request filed by a freelance journalist seeking the video.</p></div><p>&mdash;<em> via The Associated Press</em></p></p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/prosecutors-ask-chicago-police-release-video-shot-teen-113847 Complaints against Chicago cops published after 20-year saga http://www.wbez.org/news/complaints-against-chicago-cops-published-after-20-year-saga-113715 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 9.28.18 PM.png" alt="" /><p><p>A massive database of complaints against Chicago police has been published. With 55,000 rows of data it provides an unprecedented and historic look into how the City of Chicago polices its communities and its officers. The city fought long and hard to keep the information secret.</p><p>The legal battle over the complaints started in the 1990s when Jamie Kalven, a quixotic journalist, writer and social worker, started spending time in Stateway Gardens.</p><p>Kalven had an unofficial office in a ground floor apartment in the building. Now,&nbsp;Kalven&nbsp;looks at the new buildings and a park with a curving walking path and long prairie grasses.</p><p>&ldquo;This is not the community I worked in,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I wish it&nbsp;well&nbsp;but it&rsquo;s something else.&rdquo;</p><p>Kalven has long been known as a crusader in this neighborhood. It was here that he first witnessed policing that was far different than he was used to as a white middle-class guy.</p><p>&ldquo;It would be just the most casual abuse of, you know, a policeman having pulled his car right onto the sidewalk, again a kind of act of contempt, with a PA system making an announcement to all you hoodrats in the buildings,&rdquo; Kalven says.</p><h2><span style="font-size:18px;">First-hand accounts of beatings</span></h2><p>Kalven says he&rsquo;d see police beat people. He&rsquo;d hear stories from young men still bleeding. And it was all so commonplace he figured there had to be a way to gather proof that this was happening. Craig Futterman proved crucial for that task.</p><p>Futterman is a law professor at the University of Chicago. His students started spending time in Jamie Kalven&rsquo;s office in Stateway Gardens, documenting police abuse.&nbsp;Eventually&nbsp;Futterman filed several lawsuits against police, including a lawsuit on behalf of Diane Bond, a 49-year-old public school janitor.</p><p>Bond alleged that a group of officers repeatedly broke into her home, where they forced her to undress and they wrecked some of her belongings, including religious icons. Futterman says the police also brought an African American neighbor into her apartment and forced her son to punch him.</p><p>&ldquo;And they had the kid, this kid was like maybe 16, 17 years old at the time, beat up this older middle-aged man while they just laughed and looked on for their amusement and then they left,&rdquo; Futterman says. &ldquo;I mean, it&rsquo;s just pure sadism.&rdquo;</p><p>The City of Chicago settled Bond&rsquo;s lawsuit in 2007, though admitted no wrongdoing. If the case had gone to trial Futterman planned to prove that the Chicago Police Department was responsible for the cops&rsquo; bad behavior because the department failed to discipline them. As part of discovery Futterman had gotten police records for all officers who racked up 10 or more complaints. He&rsquo;d seen that some officers had dozens and dozens of complaints and no discipline. All that information was under a court seal, and with the case settled, there would be no public trial and all those disciplinary records would remain secret.</p><h2><span style="font-size:18px;">&lsquo;My hands are tied&rsquo;</span></h2><p>&ldquo;We got the information under a court protective order,&rdquo; Futterman says. &ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t know what it was going to show until we actually analyzed it and then what we saw&mdash;that&rsquo;s what was incredibly shocking, and then that&rsquo;s when we had this information and I felt like, oh my gosh, my hands are completely tied behind my back. We knew it. Not allowed to share it.&rdquo;</p><p>That kicked off another seven years of litigation for Futterman, who sued to make the information public. Kalven acted as his client. They won the legal battle, and they&rsquo;re publishing those complaints on a&nbsp;<a href="http://cpdb.co/#!/data-tools/D6a14A/allegations-of-police-misconduct-in-chicago">searchable website today</a>.</p><p>One of Futterman&rsquo;s law students,&nbsp;Wudi&nbsp;Wu, has spent months going through the 55,000 rows of complaint data. Before law&nbsp;school&nbsp;he was a consultant who analyzed large data sets to save struggling companies.</p><p>&ldquo;I have a number of years of quantitative analysis experience with Excel and a lot of other data work,&rdquo; Wu says.</p><p>Four years of the data&nbsp;includes&nbsp;27,000 complaints. Many are simply thrown out for a variety of bureaucratic reasons, leaving 10,000 complaints.</p><p>&ldquo;So you&rsquo;ve got about two-thirds that are just completely gone, which could be valid complaints, could be invalid complaints, but it&rsquo;s sort of a vast drop in the number right away, which is striking. And then of the 10,000 only 700 are proven in the department&rsquo;s eyes. And then of that 700 maybe only 80 ...have a punishment for the officer of anything over a week of suspension,&rdquo; Wu says.</p><p align="center"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/takeaway/2015-10-15/police-misconduct-secret-your-state-113360" target="_blank"><strong>RELATED:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Is police misconduct a secret in your state?</strong></a></p><h2><span style="font-size:18px;">From 27,000 complaints to 80 punishments</span></h2><p>So he says 27,000 complaints are whittled down to only 80 cases with significant punishment.</p><p>Wu says when discipline is handed down, officers who violate internal departmental procedures get heavier punishments than officers who violate the constitutional rights of citizens.</p><p>For example, he says when officers take a second job without notifying the department, they get an average suspension of 16.5 days. And when they illegally arrest someone? 2.3 days.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s false imprisonment,&rdquo; Wu says. &ldquo;You&rsquo;re literally in jail when you shouldn&rsquo;t have to be, and the police agree. The police department agrees &hellip; and you&rsquo;re getting two days of punishment for the cop. You can arrest who you want and nothing&rsquo;s going to happen to you.&rdquo;</p><p>The police complaint files include information on race as well. Wu says the majority of the complaints are filed by black people. Only 20 percent are filed by white people. But of the cases that are sustained? The cases where the police department decides, &lsquo;yeah, that really happened,&rsquo; 60 percent of those cases have white victims.</p><p>&ldquo;If you give someone the proposition that 60 percent of all victims of police abuse are white, I think you&rsquo;d have a lot of trouble selling that to people,&rdquo; Wu says. &ldquo;And that&rsquo;s sort of a lot of the insights that we&rsquo;re drawing from this is--it looks really bad. We&rsquo;d love to have a plausible explanation for this, but so much of it looks bad we don&rsquo;t really know what a plausible explanation would be.&rdquo;</p><p>For the last few&nbsp;weeks&nbsp;WBEZ has asked for explanations from the police department&rsquo;s press office. We haven&rsquo;t gotten any information except for one chart saying the police received 50 percent fewer complaints in 2015 than in 2011.</p><p>In court filings and arguments in the past few years the department has admitted it isn&rsquo;t using its complaint data to identify potentially problematic cops. So there are cops who get 50, 60, 70 complaints and little to no discipline.</p><p>Futterman says the Chicago Police Department could identify problematic patterns if they wanted to.</p><p>&ldquo;The problem is they&rsquo;re not looking and that is, it&rsquo;s not a broken system, it&rsquo;s willful blindness,&rdquo; Futterman says.</p><p>WBEZ has repeatedly put Futterman&rsquo;s assertion to a police department spokesman, but gotten no answers.</p><p>Kalven plans to update and publicize police complaint records every six months on a website called the&nbsp;<a href="http://cpdb.co/#!/data-tools/D6a14A/allegations-of-police-misconduct-in-chicago">Citizens Police Data Project</a>.</p><p>So even if the Chicago Police Department doesn&rsquo;t analyze these complaints, the public can.</p><div><em>Robert Wildeboer is a WBEZ criminal and legal affairs reporter. Follow him at&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/robertwildeboer">@robertwildeboer</a>.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/complaints-against-chicago-cops-published-after-20-year-saga-113715 Justice for Tyshawn: Mother pleads with her South Side community http://www.wbez.org/news/justice-tyshawn-mother-pleads-her-south-side-community-113645 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Operation%20Wake%20Up%20Karla%20Lee.jpg" style="height: 333px; width: 250px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="Karla Lee speaks to a crowd at a Chicago Police Department community meeting on Tuesday night near Dawes Park on the city’s South Side. Lee’s 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was shot to death in an alley near his home Monday. (WBEZ/Michael Puente)" />Karla Lee wasn&rsquo;t supposed to be there--no one expected her to attend Chicago police&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/cpd-holds-community-meeting-information-tyshawn-lee-shooting-death" target="_blank">outdoor community meeting in Gresham</a> Tuesday night, near where her only child was killed the night before.</p><p>Surrounded by few family and friends, the 26-year-old put on a brave face, walked up to the microphone at Dawes Park and delivered a somber but strong message.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;My son did not deserve to die. He was a good kid. He told me that, &lsquo;Mom when I grow up, I&rsquo;m going to buy you a house when I make it to the NBA,&rsquo; because he loved playing ball,&rdquo; Lee said before about a hundred people sitting in white chairs nearby. &ldquo;I just want justice for my son. Whomever knows anything, please let the police know. Please. He&rsquo;s my only baby.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Lee&rsquo;s 9-year-old son Tyshawn was shot multiple times in an alley near his grandmother&rsquo;s house on his way back from school Monday afternoon. He was less than a block from where he lived on the 2000 block of West 80th Street.&nbsp;</p><p>The next night, the Chicago Police Department launched Operation: Wake-Up!, hoping to spur neighbors to get involved in finding whoever killed yet another Chicago child.&nbsp;</p><p>Police were in full force, walking the streets around the park and patrolling the alleyways with sirens blaring and lights flashing. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t do these things every day. We do these things when someone has crossed that line in our community that should never be crossed,&rdquo; said Glenn Brooks, area coordinator for CPD&rsquo;s community policing program. &ldquo;Last night, someone came into this community and crossed that line. We just not going to sit idly by. We&rsquo;re not going to sit as a community.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Sixth District Cmdr. Rodney Blisset would not provide many details on the investigation. Some published reports speculate that Tyshawn was targeted as a &ldquo;retaliation killing,&rdquo; for his father&rsquo;s alleged role in a gang rivalry.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The investigation is ongoing,&rdquo; Blisset said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m hoping tonight that some people will give us more information. I&rsquo;m not saying people have been silent but we need some more information.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><div><em>Michael Puente is a reporter with WBEZ. Follow him on Twitter @MikePuenteNews.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/justice-tyshawn-mother-pleads-her-south-side-community-113645