WBEZ | Chicago Police Department http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-police-department Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Officer Charged with Murder in Killing of Black Teen http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/policevidscreencap.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 6:37 p.m.</em></p><p>A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark unrest.</p><p>City officials and community leaders have been bracing for the release of the dash-cam video, fearing the kind of unrest 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 put out by Wednesday. Moments before the footage was made public Tuesday evening, the mayor and the police chief appealed for calm.</p><p>&quot;People have a right to be angry. People have a right to protest. People have a right to free speech. But they do not have a right to ... criminal acts,&quot; Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.</p><p>The relevant potion of the video runs for less than 40 seconds and has no audio.</p><p>Laquan McDonald, 17, swings into view on a four-lane street where police vehicles are stopped in the middle of the roadway. As he jogs down the street, 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 crumples to the pavement. The second officer simultaneously lowers his weapon.</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 pavement, moving occasionally. At least two small puffs of smoke can be seen coming off his body as the officer continues firing.</p><p>In the final moments, an officer can be seen kicking something out of McDonald&#39;s hands.</p><p>Authorities have said the teen had a knife, and a 3-inch knife was recovered from the scene.</p><p>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 investigation was quickly wrapped up and a charge announced.</p><p>Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez defended the 13 months it took to charge officer Jason Van Dyke. She said cases involving police officers present &quot;highly complex&quot; legal issues and she would rather take the time to get it right than &quot;rush to judgment.&quot;</p><p>Alvarez said the impending release prompted her to move up the announcement of the murder charge out of concern the footage could spark violence.</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 insisted that she made a decision &quot;weeks ago&quot; to charge Van Dyke and the video&#39;s ordered release did not influence that.</p><p>Some community leaders said there was no doubt that Alvarez only brought charges because of the order to release the video from Oct. 20, 2014.</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.</p><p>The city&#39;s hurried attempts to defuse tensions also included a community meeting, official statements of outrage at the officer&#39;s conduct and an abrupt announcement Monday night that another officer who has been the subject of protests for months might now be fired.</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; the Rev. Corey Brooks said of Monday night&#39;s community gathering with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</p><p>An autopsy report says McDonald was shot at least twice in his back. It also said PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, was found in his system.</p><p>At the time of his 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. Alvarez said the officer emptied his 9 mm pistol of all 16 rounds and that he 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>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. Van Dyke, though stripped of his police powers, has been assigned to desk duty since the shooting.</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>Chicago police also moved late Monday to discipline a second officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in 2012 in another incident that caused tensions between the department and minority communities.</p><p>McCarthy recommended firing officer Dante Servin for the shooting of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, saying Servin showed &quot;incredibly poor judgment.&quot; A judge acquitted Servin of involuntary manslaughter and other charges last April, and Alvarez was accused of having not prosecuted the case properly.</p><p>Jackson said a special prosecutor should oversee the Van Dyke case instead of Alvarez&#39;s office.</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> 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 How strictly do Chicago police enforce bike traffic laws? http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/how-strictly-do-chicago-police-enforce-bike-traffic-laws-112992 <p><p>If you ride a bike, ask yourself: Do you stop at every stop sign? How about every red light? If the answer is no to either of those, well, technically you&rsquo;re breaking the law.</p><p>But it&rsquo;s the more egregious behavior from cyclists &mdash; weaving through cars, cutting people off, running red lights despite oncoming traffic &mdash; which our questioner,<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/how-strictly-do-chicago-police-enforce-bike-traffic-laws-112992#lowy"> Chicagoan Ron Lowy</a>, sees all too often.</p><p>Sometimes he&rsquo;s even looked on as cyclists bike the wrong direction down a bike lane, no hands on the handlebars, while text messaging. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not making this up,&rdquo; he says.</p><p>Lowy is a cab driver, usually considered the sworn enemy of bicyclists. But here&rsquo;s the thing: Lowy is also a dedicated cyclist. He commutes by bike almost everyday and rides for pleasure and exercise. But what he sees around him, at times, looks incredibly dangerous, enough for him to ask Curious City:</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><em>How strictly do Chicago police enforce bike traffic laws?</em></p><p>Getting an answer to Lowy&rsquo;s question matters because, for one, Chicago streets are not as safe as they could be. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-bike-deaths-illinois-met-20141027-story.html">A 2014 safety report found that Illinois</a> had the fifth-highest number of bicyclist fatalities in the nation, a total of 29 in 2012, a steady increase from previous two years. In Chicago, the number of deaths of bicyclists has<a href="http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/local/redeye-fatal-bike-crashes-chicago-20150111-story.html"> surged in the past two years</a>, from three in 2013 to eight in 2014. It&rsquo;s a troubling shift the city&rsquo;s transportation commissioner calls &ldquo;significant.&rdquo; If one aim of bike traffic law is to prevent dangerous behavior on the part of bicyclists, it&rsquo;s fair to ask how often police nab offenders.</p><p>But here&rsquo;s another reason to consider how strictly the city enforces its bike rules: The city&rsquo;s encouraging residents to ride bikes and even commute by bike. If those long-term plans pan out, Chicago could see more and more bicyclists on the road, competing with cars and pedestrians for space.</p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Measuring enforcement</span></p><p>First, some bad news. Ideally, it would be best to answer Lowy&rsquo;s question with precise figures about how many bicyclists are on Chicago streets, then follow with an apples-to-apples comparison of how often police ticket riders versus how often they ticket motorists. The data we have in hand can&rsquo;t tell that story, but &mdash; and here&rsquo;s the good news &mdash; we did obtain data on how often the city enforces bike traffic laws and what types of behavior attract tickets.</p><p>Responding to<a href="http://llnw.wbez.org//bike%20laws%20CPD%20FOIA%20response%201.pdf" target="_blank"> our Illinois Freedom Of Information request</a>, the Chicago Police Department reports issuing 13,150 traffic-related tickets to bicyclers between 2006 and August of this year. &nbsp;(<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/how-strictly-do-chicago-police-enforce-bike-traffic-laws-112992#trends">Here are the trends</a> and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/how-strictly-do-chicago-police-enforce-bike-traffic-laws-112992#type">breakdown by ticket type</a>)</p><p>What to make of this figure, though? Have the thousands of tickets issued by the CPD translated into an awareness of bike traffic enforcement?</p><p>To get a better sense of this, we head to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoCriticalMass">Critical Mass</a>, a monthly mass ride through downtown Chicago that doubles as a rally for greener modes of transport. There, we ask folks their impressions of bike laws and how the city enforces them.</p><p>Among the crowd, we ask a cyclist named Lily whether she&rsquo;d ever gotten a ticket on her bike.</p><p>&ldquo;No, you can get a ticket? I didn&rsquo;t know you could get a ticket,&rdquo; she says.</p><p>When asked what she thinks might warrant a ticket for a traffic violation, she provides a short list: &ldquo;Improper crossing? Improper turning? Running stop signs. Running over people?&rdquo;</p><p>(Yup, yup, yup, and yup. These are all ticketable.) &nbsp;</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/TICKET%20DUO%20FOR%20WEB.png" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Michael Gilewicz got a $70 ticket at the intersection of Addison and Clark streets and carries it around with him. (WBEZ/John Fecile)" /></div><p>At the same Critical Mass event, we manage to find Michael Gilewicz, who got a $70 ticket at the intersection of Addison and Clark streets. The ticket is such a novelty to him that he carries it around, almost like a trophy. Whipping it out, he explains that he&rsquo;d gotten pulled over for speeding, biking against the flow of traffic and disobeying red lights. Michael says when the judge read off the list of infractions, he looked at her and laughed.</p><p>&ldquo;Yeah, I was,&rdquo; he laughs.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org//bike laws indesign.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rulestobikeby.png" style="height: 225px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Continue to see our own version of Chicago's bike rules" /></a></div><p>The apparently low level of awareness of tickets or ticketing comes as no surprise to Ron Burke, the executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, a local organization advocating for better biking, walking and transit.</p><p>&ldquo;There is too little enforcement of traffic policies across the board in Chicago and even in the suburbs,&rdquo; Burke says. &ldquo;Whether that&rsquo;s the case for people driving, walking and even riding a bike.&rdquo;</p><p>Burke says that while well over 90 percent of traffic injuries and fatalities are caused by motorists, bike behavior factors in, too. It&rsquo;s important, he says, that we encourage good behavior across the board. And that, he adds, is done by enforcing the road rules and issuing hefty fines for those who don&rsquo;t follow them.</p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><a name="type"></a>When city police enforce bike laws, what are they targeting?</span></p><p>In Illinois, traffic laws apply to cyclists, so when CPD targets cyclists, it&#39;s for those state statutes as well as city ordinances that apply to bikes.</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/Number_of_reported_bicycle_violations_by_type%2C_2006-2015-__chartbuilder.png" style="height: 299px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div><p>Within the 9 years of CPD data available to us, &nbsp;the most frequent violation is <a href="http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Illinois/chicago_il/title9vehiclestrafficandrailtransportati/chapter9-52bicycles-operation?f=templates$fn=altmain-nf.htm$q=[field%20folio-destination-name:%279-52-010%27]$x=Advanced#JD_9-52-010">9-52-020, &ldquo;Riding bicycles on sidewalks and certain roadways.&rdquo;</a> (The ordinance covers riding on certain non-bikeable roads like Lake Shore Drive, but the vast majority of infractions involve sidewalks). Similar data obtained from Chicago&rsquo;s Department of Administrative Hearings show that over the past year, tickets for riding on the sidewalk are way up. In fact, between 2013 and 2014 sidewalk-riding violations more than doubled, to 4,467 from 2,082.</p><p>Burke says that while enforcement is lacking everywhere, when cyclists do get ticketed it&rsquo;s usually the riders who are doing the most dangerous types of riding.</p><p>&ldquo;Riding fast on a sidewalk in a crowded pedestrian environment,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Blasting through an intersection and potentially hitting a pedestrian.&rdquo;</p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><a name="trend"></a>A trend in Chicago&rsquo;s bike enforcement</span></p><p>In recent years, as the number for cyclists rise, Chicago and other cities around the country have started to ticket more frequently.</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/Number_of_reported_bicycle_violations_by_year%2C_2006-2015-_Amount_chartbuilder.png" style="height: 349px; width: 620px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" title="" /></div><p>The Chicago Department of Transportation and city police have been conducting stakeouts around the city, targeting intersections with high crash rates. There, they crack down on risky behavior of bicyclists and motorists.</p><p>CDOT and the police are conducting more and more of these safety stakeouts. According to CDOT data, they&rsquo;ve already hit a record so far this year: 126 stakeouts, with more than 2,000 warnings given to cyclists. The first year the city began recording the events, in 2011, they conducted just 62 such stakeouts. &nbsp;</p><p>Incidentally, some Chicago-area suburbs are seeing the same trend in enforcement. Several North Shore communities have also started cracking down on group cycling. This summer, from late July and into August, the <a href="http://www.cityhpil.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=429">Highland Park Police Department joined forces with four other city police departments</a> to conduct enforcement and education stops for cyclists and motorists. The action came after the departments received numerous citizen complaints about cyclists&rsquo; behavior along several well-traveled North Shore paths.</p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Fostering a cycling culture</span></p><p>As Chicago ramps up its bike enforcement, it&rsquo;s also encouraging more residents to bike. It&rsquo;s busy building a better cycling infrastructure with two-way bike lanes with their own traffic lights. It also launched <a href="https://www.divvybikes.com/about">the bike sharing program, Divvy</a>, and placed bike borrowing stations across the city.</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/flickr-chicago%20bicycle%20program%20infrastructure%20making%20FOR%20WEB.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago bicycling infrastructure is improving, but cyclists are often confused about bike laws. (Flickr/Chicago Bicycle Program)" /></div><p>Still, all this momentum raises the question: If the city is investing so much in a better biking culture, shouldn&rsquo;t it be even more explicit and consistent about what type of behavior it expects from cyclists?</p><p>Burke says it should and he credits the city for conducting the high-profile stakeouts. He says he&rsquo;s impressed with how much the city has increased them while at the same time including the ATA and their <a href="http://chicagocompletestreets.org/your-safety/education-encouragement/ambassadors/">Bike Ambassador program</a> in the stakeouts. This approach, he says, makes these enforcement actions educational as well.</p><p>But Burke also predicts that over time, more and more cyclists will follow the rules of the road. He chalks it up to &ldquo;pack mentality.&rdquo;<a href="http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/newsroom/newsreleases/Pages/More-cyclists-on-road-can-mean-less-collisions.aspx"> As more people bike, they are more likely to comply</a> with common sense safety and less likely to be influenced by the few rogue cyclists who choose to ignore the law.</p><p>&ldquo;You get more people on bikes. You actually start to get better behavior on average of cyclists,&rdquo; Burke says.</p><p>What&rsquo;s more, data suggest that<a href="http://www.cpr.org/news/story/some-cyclists-obey-laws-some-dont-cu-denver-researcher-wants-know-why?utm_source=Facebook&amp;utm_medium=Social&amp;utm_campaign=FBCPR5434"> better biking infrastructure also builds more complaint riders</a>. Just six months after the city built the two-way protected bike lanes on Dearborn Street, complete with their own traffic signals, compliance with red light traffic laws<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-10/classified/ct-met-getting-around-0610-20130610_1_cyclists-signals-bike-traffic"> was up 161 percent</a>, according to the city.</p><p><a name="lowy"></a>Our questioner, Ron Lowy, says he thinks despite the shiny new bike lanes, some folks will always choose to break the law. That is, until Chicago takes a stand.</p><p>&ldquo;They ride carelessly because they know they&#39;re not going to get fined for it,&rdquo; Lowy says of reckless cyclists. &ldquo;But the bottom line is you can&#39;t blame anybody but the city of Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/question%20asker%20FOR%20WEB_0.jpg" style="height: 394px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Questioner Ron Lowy at WBEZ. " /><span style="font-size:24px;">About our questioner</span></p><p>A self-described &ldquo;man about town dude&rdquo;, Ron Lowy is a musician, cab driver and bicycle advocate.</p><p>Lowy lives in Uptown, but drives his cab all around the city. And over the years, he&rsquo;s seen quite a few accidents of bicyclists hitting cars, cars hitting cyclists, cyclists hitting pedestrians. &ldquo;A majority of them,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;was not the car&#39;s&rsquo; fault.&rdquo;</p><p>Lowy agrees with the ATA&rsquo;s Ron Burke; more enforcement would make cyclists, pedestrians and motorists safer. But he is also more nuanced about whether bikes and cars should be treated as equals&mdash;subject to all of the same rules of the road.</p><p>&ldquo;Depending on the situation, bikes are a different story than cars,&rdquo; Lowy says. He believes crowded and highly trafficked thoroughfares should be tightly enforced. But side streets, during off peak hours when there is little traffic, not so much. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I&#39;d be lying if I said I never disobeyed the law,&rdquo; Lowy says. &ldquo;[But] I don&#39;t run red lights. I&#39;ll run neighborhood stop signs, but I slow down dramatically and look&hellip;common sense is a big part of this.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Meribah Knight is a freelance journalist in Chicago and reports for WBEZ&rsquo;s Curious City. Follow her at<a href="http://meribahknight.com"> meribahknight.com</a> and on Twitter at <a href="https://www.twitter.com/meribah">@meribah</a>.</em></p><p><em>Curious City intern John Fecile provided research and reporting for this story.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/how-strictly-do-chicago-police-enforce-bike-traffic-laws-112992 Mayor Emanuel refuses to weigh in on discipline for cops in salon video http://www.wbez.org/news/mayor-emanuel-refuses-weigh-discipline-cops-salon-video-112884 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Salon IPRA_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is refusing to discuss a 25-day suspension being recommended for a cop caught on video yelling racist comments.</p><p>&ldquo;Well the review process is not done, so I&rsquo;m not going to weigh in,&quot; Emanuel said at a press conference Wednesday. &quot;Once IPRA made its recommendations that process of analysis as well as, shall we say, what type of punishment, if any should be done, is not finished and when that&rsquo;s done I&rsquo;ll comment on that.&rdquo;</p><blockquote><p><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 17.5636348724365px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/three-police-officers-asian-salon-raid-recommended-suspension-112786" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">Three police officers in Asian salon raid recommended for suspension</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>In the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/asian-american-activists-seek-firing-cops-parlor-video-112848">videotaped arrest</a> of Jessica Klyzek, an Asian American woman working at a tanning salon raided by police in July 2013, Detective Gerald Di Pasquale yelled at Klyzek, &ldquo;You&rsquo;re not f***ing American. I&rsquo;ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f*** you came from.&rdquo;</p><p>Di Pasquale also threatens to shut down the tanning salon where Klyzek worked and said, &ldquo;Then whoever owns it, will f***ing kill you because they don&rsquo;t care about you, OK! I&rsquo;ll take this building. You&rsquo;ll be dead and your family will be dead.&rdquo;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9bwfdIrb3i0" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Another officer, Frank Messina, struck Klyzek on the head while she was handcuffed and on her knees, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/three-police-officers-asian-salon-raid-recommended-suspension-112786">according to the Independent Police Review Authority</a>, which investigates allegations of police misconduct. IPRA is recommending a 25-day suspension for Di Pasquale and an 8-day suspension for Messina.</p><p>Asian-American community members are <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/asian-american-activists-seek-firing-cops-parlor-video-112848">calling on</a> Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to fire the officers.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 22:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/mayor-emanuel-refuses-weigh-discipline-cops-salon-video-112884