WBEZ | CPD http://www.wbez.org/tags/cpd Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Fraternal Order of Propaganda http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-08/fraternal-order-propaganda-114769 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/FOP_Flickr_BigBull6.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>The immediate police account of what happened in the police-involved fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald has been proven false, and it&rsquo;s not the first incident.</p><p>There have been statements from the Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden on separate scenes about what transpired that contradict what videotapes have shown. City Bureau and the Reader detailed the FOP&rsquo;s control of the local media narratives and how they perpetuate throughout the city&rsquo;s investigative process into the courtroom. Yana Kunichoff of City Bureau explain their findings.</p></div><div class="truncatedAudioInfo__license" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Sans', Garuda, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15.2727px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-08/fraternal-order-propaganda-114769 Attorney Says Chicago Officer Didn't Tamper with Dashcam http://www.wbez.org/news/attorney-says-chicago-officer-didnt-tamper-dashcam-114646 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Laquan-Jason-Van-Dyke4.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO (AP) &mdash;&nbsp;A white&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times did not tamper with his squad car&#39;s dashcam, his attorney said Friday in response to a&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;news outlet&#39;s report this week that the device was intentionally damaged.</p><p>DNAinfo Chicago obtained Chicago Police Department maintenance records through a public information request that show the dashboard video and audio recording device in officer Jason Van Dyke&#39;s vehicle was damaged and repaired at least twice in the months leading up to the October 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.</p><p>During the night of the shooting, the system recorded video but did not capture any audio.</p><p>Also Friday, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-get-more-mental-illness-training-114639">Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s office announced expanded police reforms</a> that include enhanced training for police officers and 911 dispatchers on interacting with people in crisis, particularly those with mental illness. The training is in part a response to another fatal police shooting on Dec. 26, in which officers responded to a domestic disturbance.</p><p>Police have said 19-year-old <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/following-police-shooting-clean-questions-and-coping-austin-114310">Quintonio</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/following-police-shooting-clean-questions-and-coping-austin-114310"> Legrier</a> was &quot;combative&quot; toward police; a neighbor who wasn&#39;t involved in the disturbance, 55-year-old Bettie Jones, was also killed. The city agency that investigates police misconduct said this week that Legrier called 911 three times before he was shot.</p><p>The squad car video of the McDonald shooting, which was released in November, contradicted officer accounts that McDonald lunged at them, setting off weeks of protests, accusations of a cover-up and demands for Emanuel&#39;s resignation. It also prompted a wide-ranging civil rights investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.</p><p>&quot;Let me be very clear on this, my client had nothing to do with any tampering of an audio,&quot; Van Dyke attorney Dan Herbert told reporters after a preliminary hearing on Van Dyke&#39;s charges of first-degree murder. &quot;If this audio was tampered with then it was tampered with by somebody other than Jason Van Dyke.&quot;</p><p>The maintenance records show that a day after technicians fixed the device&#39;s wiring in June, it was intentionally damaged, the DNAinfo report said. It was fixed another time in October, but on the night of the shooting, 12 days later, the system did not record any audio. A review of videos downloaded from the system concluded that personnel failed to sync the microphones, the report said.</p><p>Herbert said no individual police officer is assigned to one specific vehicle, suggesting that if the device in the vehicle that Van Dyke used the night of the McDonald shooting had been damaged, another officer could be to blame.</p><p>Videos from four other squad cars at the scene also did not have audio. Several experts on the type of equipment commonly installed in police vehicles spoke to The Associated Press in December about the lack of audio and said that it&#39;s plausible for a single squad car to have a glitch, but they could not imagine how an entire fleet of cars would lose audio at the same time and place by happenstance.</p><p>Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Friday that he said could not comment on whether Van Dyke tampered with the dashcam in his vehicle because the case is under investigation.</p><p>Chicago Police conducted an audit that determined that about 80 percent of the department&#39;s cameras did not have functioning audio systems and acknowledged some had been &quot;maliciously&quot; damaged by officers.</p><p>The department has taken a number of steps to try to regain the trust of the community. Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante warned officers that they would be disciplined if their dashboard cameras were not in working order or failed to turn on their dashcam microphones.</p><p>Guglielmi said Friday that the department now audits dashcams on a daily basis and that &quot;officers and supervisors will be held accountable.&quot; Since the closer scrutiny began last month, 20 officers and supervisors have faced discipline ranging from reprimands to a few days&#39; suspension, Guglielmi said, adding that &quot;there is still work to do.&quot;</p><p>Van Dyke, who is charged with first-degree murder, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/officer-charged-fatal-shooting-laquan-mcdonald-pleads-not-guilty-114306">has pleaded not guilty</a>. His attorney told reporters Friday that the officer and his family have received death threats. He has no formal protection, but the police department is aware of the threats and &quot;taking precautions,&quot; Herbert said.</p><p>He also said he&#39;s still considering making a request for a change of trial venue, because he says it will be &quot;extremely difficult&quot; to seat an impartial jury in Chicago. Other officers at the scene are also under investigation because of apparent discrepancies between what they said happened in their reports and what the video shows happened.</p><p><em>Associated Press writers Don Babwin and Michael Tarm contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/attorney-says-chicago-officer-didnt-tamper-dashcam-114646 Chicago Police to Get More Mental Illness Training http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-get-more-mental-illness-training-114639 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Chicago Police_Flickr_Isador Ruyter Harcourt_2_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash;&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police officers and 911 dispatchers will receive enhancedon interacting with people in crisis, particularly those with mental illness, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday.</p><p>The announcement came the same day that the attorney for a white&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police officer accused of shooting a black teenager 16 times in 2014 said the officer and his family are receiving death threats.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/officer-who-killed-laquan-mcdonald-lacked-crisis-training-113907">Jason Van Dyke</a>&#39;s&nbsp;attorney said after a status hearing that Van Dyke has no formal protection but police are aware of the threats and are &quot;taking precautions.&quot; A judge set the next hearing in Van Dyke&#39;s case for March 23. Attorney Dan Herbert also said he&#39;s &quot;probably&quot; going to ask for a change of venue but not until after he has received all evidence from the state.</p><p>Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty in the death of Laquan McDonald, 17, whose videotaped shooting sparked numerous protests and calls for Emanuel&#39;s resignation.</p><div><p>Other police shootings led to Emanuel instituting the new program, for which he said the goal is to make sure first responders &quot;have the right training, practice, and preparations to de-escalate crisis situations safely and effectively.&quot;</p><div><p>Last month, the mayor asked the&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Police Department and the Independent Police Review Authority, an agency that investigates police misconduct, to review officers&#39; training to respond to mental health crisis calls in the wake of a Dec. 26 double fatal police shooting that left Quintonio Legrier, 19, dead along with his neighbor, Bettie Jones, 55. IPRA said this week that <a href="http://wgntv.com/2016/01/25/quintonio-legrier-called-911-three-times-before-fatally-shot-by-chicago-cop/">Legrier called 911 three times before he was shot.</a></p></div></div><p>Emanuel said at the time that he wanted police and IPRA to review the training, determine deficiencies and figure out how to immediately address them.</p><p>Under the new program, the city&#39;s public health, fire, police and emergency officials will collect data about mental health incidents to help improve responses. Emanuel also said the city will work with mental health experts and community leaders to improve access to mental health services when individuals come into contact with first responders.</p><p>Suggestions came from a steering committee of city officials, service providers and mental health experts.</p></p> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-get-more-mental-illness-training-114639 Emanuel: Ramsey Doesn't Want Police Commissioner Job http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-ramsey-doesnt-want-police-commissioner-job-114613 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_742326828917_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making it sound like former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey would be a perfect choice to be&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;next police commissioner, but says Ramsey isn&#39;t interested.</p><p>Emanuel&#39;s office announced Sunday that Ramsey will advise the department through &quot;civil rights reforms&quot; the mayor called for after the release of a video of a white police officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald.</p><p>That fueled speculation Ramsey &mdash; who spent 30 years on&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;police force before heading departments in Washington. D.C. and Philadelphia&mdash; will succeed the fired Garry McCarthy.</p><p>On Monday, Emanuel praised Ramsey as a nationally recognized law enforcement leader who remains widely trusted within&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;police force. But he said the job is too important to offer it to someone who doesn&#39;t want it.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-ramsey-doesnt-want-police-commissioner-job-114613 Following Police Shooting, Clean Up, Questions and Coping in Austin http://www.wbez.org/news/following-police-shooting-clean-questions-and-coping-austin-114310 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/bettiejones.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">On Tuesday morning, a crew working out of a white sprinter van with a hazmat warning label cleaned up the apartment where 55-year-old Bettie Jones and 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier were killed by Chicago police over the weekend.</p><p dir="ltr">Jones family spokesman Eric Russell said they are called &ldquo;the aftermath team.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The crew is charged with removing blood-soaked carpeting, patching bullet holes and painting over blood spatter at the West Side residence.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It just got too much to bear for the family to have to walk over blood-stained carpeting,&rdquo; Russell said. &ldquo;We could not to wait on the city to do it. The city did call and apologize and said it was an accident, but they didn&rsquo;t think enough of the family to come clean up their accident.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Russell said the family attorney, Sam Adam Jr. is picking up the tab.</p><p dir="ltr">Early Saturday morning, Chicago police shot and killed Jones and LeGrier, both African American, after a 911 call over a domestic disturbance. About 16 hours after the incident, the department admitted Jones was shot by mistake. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner&rsquo;s office, the grandmother was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest.</p><p dir="ltr">While the aftermath team completed its grisly work, a private detective hired by Adam knocked on doors in the 4700 block of West Erie Street. He looked for the owners of a half-dozen homes with security cameras on the outside.</p><p dir="ltr">Both Adam and LeGrier family attorney, Basileios Foutris, say police have already seized video from some of the nearby homes.</p><p dir="ltr">A spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority would not confirm that, but said it was standard protocol for investigators to seek out any available video.</p><p dir="ltr">Russell said he is suspicious that the police only want the video to aide in their investigation.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You would think that the City of Chicago and the police would have had enough of taking footage out of cameras,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Given the systemic history with the city not being forthright, it would be unintelligent of us to give them the benefit of the doubt.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">One neighbor, who didn&rsquo;t want to give his name, said police came in and took the hard drive connected to his cameras, but he didn&rsquo;t think they had a view of the shooting anyway.</p><p dir="ltr">In front of the two-story apartment where Jones and LeGrier were killed, Gary Jones sat in his car.</p><p dir="ltr">Jones is the father of Bettie Jones&rsquo; five children.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m feeling really down today,&rdquo; Gary Jones said. &ldquo;This is my first time seeing the bullet holes and blood and it&rsquo;s really brought me down again.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Patrick Smith is a WBEZ producer/reporter. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/pksmid">@pksmid.</a></em></p></p> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/following-police-shooting-clean-questions-and-coping-austin-114310 Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans Acquitted of Putting Gun in Suspect's Mouth http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-15/police-cmdr-glenn-evans-acquitted-putting-gun-suspects-mouth <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/evans trial wbez Chip Mitchell_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Cook County judge <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-acquitted-putting-gun-suspects-mouth-114153">acquitted Chicago police commander Glenn Evans</a> of aggravated battery and official misconduct charges, despite DNA evidence. Judge Diane Cannon said Ricky Williams gave inconsistent statements during the investigation and the trial. Williams said Evans rammed a gun down his throat and tased him in the groin.</p><p>Locke Bowman, a Northwestern law professor and executive director of the MacArthur Justice Center, dissects Evans&rsquo; acquittal.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-15/police-cmdr-glenn-evans-acquitted-putting-gun-suspects-mouth Evans trial recap and verdict prediction http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-14/evans-trial-recap-and-verdict-prediction-114158 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/evans trial wbez Chip Mitchell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>Chicago police Cmdr. Glenn Evans was found &quot;not guilty&quot; on all counts.</em></p><p>A Chicago police commander accused of assaulting a suspect will learn his fate Monday morning. Rickey Williams said Glenn Evan&#39;s shoved the barrel of a pistol down Williams throat and tasered him on the groin.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Chip Mitchell </a>revealed the case last year and has been covering it ever since. He joins us from our West Side bureau, a few blocks from the criminal courthouse. He recaps the trial before the verdict is announced in about an hour. And<a href="http://peopleslawoffice.com/"> People&rsquo;s Law Office</a>&rsquo;s G. Flint Taylor has his analysis of the case.</p></p> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-14/evans-trial-recap-and-verdict-prediction-114158 The Divide between Mental Health Treatment and Criminal Justice http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/divide-between-mental-health-treatment-and-criminal-justice-114140 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/coleman video.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a Chicago police video made public, Philip Coleman, a black man, is shown being tased repeatedly in his jail cell by a group of officers and then dragged down a hallway while in handcuffs. He later died after an adverse reaction to an antipsychotic medication.</p><p>Coleman&rsquo;s parents say their son was suffering a mental breakdown, and when police arrived on the scene, they asked that he be taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.</p><p>The response from police: &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t do hospitals, we do jails.&rdquo;</p><p>As the video shows, things deteriorated from there, and critics say the way police interact with the mentally ill needs to change starting with that initial encounter.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/johnsnooktac">John Snook</a>, executive director of the <a href="http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/">Treatment Advocacy Center</a>, a nonprofit dedicated to the effective treatment of mental illness, sheds light on the issue. He&rsquo;s co-author of the new study that examines the role of mental illness in fatal law enforcement encounters.</p><p>And we also turn to Amy Watson, associate professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago, who&rsquo;s working at the intersection of mental health care and the criminal justice system in Chicago. She&rsquo;s studying how the Chicago Police Department responds to mental health calls.</p></p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/divide-between-mental-health-treatment-and-criminal-justice-114140 A breakdown of Chicago’s police contract http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/breakdown-chicago%E2%80%99s-police-contract-114139 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/chicago police officers flickr Kevin Gebhardt.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel made it clear during his <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-09/mayor-emanuel-apologizes-vows-police-reform-114109">address Wednesday to the Chicago City Council</a> the way the police department operates both inside and with the public needs to change. But critics of the department say one of the main roadblocks that makes it difficult to remove officers who are facing allegations of misconduct and abuse is the current contract with the police union.</p><p>The Fraternal Order of Police says it&rsquo;s not as light on officers as people think, and adds that the calls for reform are driven by political grandstanding. The current fight over the terms of the contract is detailed in a<a href="http://chicagoreporter.com/chicago-police-contract-scrutinized-in-the-aftermath-of-laquan-mcdonalds-death/"> new article from the Chicago Reporter</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/Public_Ade">Adeshina Emmanuel</a> wrote that story and shares his coverage.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/breakdown-chicago%E2%80%99s-police-contract-114139 Morning Shift: December 10, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-10/morning-shift-december-10-2015-114124 <p><p>Protesters took to the streets Wednesday after Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s speech to the City Council, where he showed a rare moment of contrition about how he handled the Laquan McDonald shooting by a Chicago police officer. But even at that moment, protesters outside the chambers were unmoved, and later, hundreds blocked downtown streets demanding change in leadership. The mayor says he won&rsquo;t resign. We talk about the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-10/no-mechanism-exists-city-government-recall-mayor-114120">potential of a recall</a> in the city.</p><p>Then, as Chicagoans engage in a public debate about what needs to change with the police department, one group you rarely hear from are the officers themselves. We sit down with a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-10/cpd-sergeant-what-it%E2%80%99s-be-cop-these-days-114123">veteran Chicago police officer</a> about what it&rsquo;s like to be a cop in the era of Laquan McDonald, a Department of Justice investigation, and fractured police-community relations.</p><p>And <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-10/aldermen-respond-mayor%E2%80%99s-address-calling-more-accountability">two Chicago aldermen</a> share their take on the unfolding events and the challenges facing not only the mayor but the City Council.</p></p> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-10/morning-shift-december-10-2015-114124