WBEZ | Youtube http://www.wbez.org/tags/youtube Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en When social media fuels gang violence http://www.wbez.org/news/when-social-media-fuels-gang-violence-113212 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/7910370882_39d180fb66_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have become an everyday part of life for many young people &mdash; and increasingly, the way some, including rival gang members, threaten each other.</p><p>The practice is called &quot;cyber banging,&quot; and it&#39;s often led to fights and even death.</p><p>Jaime, 17, has been in a gang for two years and is trying to leave. NPR agreed to use only his first name for his safety. Logging onto a computer at the YMCA of Metro Chicago, he clicks on a video in his Facebook feed. It shows a group of young men mugging for the camera, flashing gang signs and guns. Jaime says it&#39;s one of many so-called gang pages online.</p><p>&quot;Social media is just endorsement, that&#39;s all,&quot; he says. &quot;To endorse where you come from, what gang you are in.&quot;</p><p>He points to one of the men who pushed his way to the front of the video for a just a moment. &quot;He got killed a week after [by] the rival gang. It was crazy, and now people actually make pictures making fun of him,&quot; Jaime says.</p><p>He says there will be retaliation over that disrespect. Using social media to gang bang reaches across all platforms. There is still rancor in some Chicago neighborhoods over a long-running feud on Twitter between Chicago rappers Chief Keef and Lil JoJo, both associated with rival gangs. Three years ago, shortly after Lil JoJo issued a taunt along with his location, he was killed.</p><p>This year, police say cyber banging fueled the death of another Chicago rapper.</p><p>Shaquon Thomas was called Young Pappy. On YouTube, there have been nearly 2 million views of his song &quot;Killa,&quot; which glorifies gang life and violence. He was gunned down in May.</p><p>Eddie Bocanegra, a co-director of Metro Chicago YMCA&#39;s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program, says gang banging on social media for some is a way to get street credibility. Others that post gang raps think it&#39;s a way to make it big in the music industry, where dark and violent lyrics &mdash; so-called &quot;drill music&quot; &mdash; sells. But Bocanegra says the potential for violence spurred by social media extends even to those not in gangs.</p><p>&quot;This kid could simply say, &#39;Hey, I was in class today, and the girl next to me was really cute. Her name is so and so. I thought she was fine,&#39; &quot; he says. &quot;Well, this girl has a brother who is in the street who really already has a reputation of being violent or has a boyfriend, and he sees that post. Now it&#39;s like, &#39;Hey, why you making comments about my girl?&#39; &#39;Why you making comments about my sister?&#39; And it just escalates.&quot;</p><p>Chicago police do monitor social media sites, and they&#39;ve been able to work with school social workers to prevent some violence from occurring. Desmond Patton, a professor of social work at Columbia University, says he and fellow researchers want to take those efforts a step further.</p><p>&quot;One idea is that if we can decode the language, then perhaps we can send triggers to social workers, violence workers who are embedded in these neighborhoods already, so that they can utilize the strategies they already have to reach out to youth before the post becomes an injury or homicide,&quot; Patton says.</p><p>Patton conducted what he calls an &quot;Internet banging study.&quot; He interviewed current or former gang members between the ages of 14 and 24 in some of Chicago&#39;s toughest neighborhoods. He asked them what they see on social media, how they use it, how they believe it connects to violence in the neighborhood, and, he says, &quot;under what conditions are they responding to situations and posts online that they believe to be threatening.&quot;</p><p>One of the scientists working with Patton to create a cyber banging gauge is Henry Lieberman, a visiting professor at MIT&#39;s Media Lab. He plans to devise an algorithm to understand content on social media and how words turn to violence.</p><p>&quot;You want to be able to recognize patterns like that and then you can suggest to people to try to do things that de-escalate the situation,&quot; Lieberman says.</p><p>Meantime, Patton says there is much more to come, including more interviews and scientific testing, in the quest to use social media that&#39;s so essential to young people to curb gang violence.</p><p><em>&mdash; via <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/10/07/446300514/when-social-media-fuels-gang-violence">NPR&#39;s All Tech Considered</a></em></p></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/when-social-media-fuels-gang-violence-113212 Wrangling with the Web, Part Two: How one smart band does it http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-02/wrangling-web-part-two-how-one-smart-band-does-it-109709 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZfCZa6nCg-o" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The tools now available to any musician via the digital revolution are both mind-blowing and soul-crushing, and few are the resources to help sort the good from the bad.</p><p><a href="http://www.canastamusic.com/">Canasta</a> is one of the smartest and hardest-working bands on the local music scene, and violinist-vocalist Elizabeth Lindau and bassist-vocalist Matt Priest graciously agreed to a series of interviews conducted via GooglePlus Hangouts to answer these questions: &ldquo;What advice can you offer younger bands about wrangling with the Web? And what are your thoughts on the best and worst digital tools now available to musicians?&rdquo;</p><p>The second part of our five-part series addresses Canasta&rsquo;s sometimes frustrating interactions with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/">YouTube</a> and <a href="http://rumblefish.com/">Rumblefish</a>.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2rumblefish.jpg" title="Above: the Rumblefish logo. Below: One of Canasta's YouTube videos." /></div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dwxfDqyzAQ8" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong>Canasta can be found on the web at <a href="http://www.canastamusic.com,">www.canastamusic.com,</a> as well as on <a href="https://twitter.com/canastamusic">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/canastamusic">Facebook</a>.</strong></p><p><strong><u>Earlier in this series</u></strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-02/wrangling-web-part-one-how-one-smart-band-does-it-109708"><strong>Part One: Facebook, iTunes, CDBaby, All Music, Twitter &amp; MySpace</strong></a></p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><em><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</em></strong></a><em><strong> or join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong><em>Facebook</em></strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-02/wrangling-web-part-two-how-one-smart-band-does-it-109709 If you only had months to live, how would you spend them? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/if-you-only-had-months-live-how-would-you-spend-them-107666 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/%28Star%20Tribune%3AMike%20Rominski%29.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="Zach Sobiech, whose goodbye song 'Clouds' touched millions, died on May 20 at age 18. (Star Tribune/Mike Rominiski)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">On May 20, 2013, Zach Sobiech died after a four-year battle with terminal osteosarcoma. While his name might not sound familiar, you may have heard his song <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDC97j6lfyc" target="_blank">&quot;Clouds&quot;</a>&nbsp;after it went viral on YouTube earlier this year, or watched this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NjKgV65fpo" target="_blank">video</a> (over 9 million views to date) on the day of his passing.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">After being told that he only had months to live, 18-year-old Zobiech decided to share his story with the world. First came the hit song, then a mini-documentary produced by none other than&nbsp;<em>The Office</em> star Rainn Wilson.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/soulpancake" target="_blank">SoulPancake</a>, a YouTube channel created by Wilson and featuring a revolving lineup of memorable characters (from Kid President to The Impression Guys), caught wind of &quot;Clouds&quot; and later teamed up with Sobiech for the groundbreaking online reality series<a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzvRx_johoA8ITQgxBpeJTaDUhhIB7bfX" target="_blank"> &quot;My Last Days.&quot;</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Directed by filmmaker-actor Justin Baldoni, the 22-minute doc follows Sobiech and his family during his final months: a touching tribute to the Minnesota teen that manages to be charming, heartbreaking, inspiring and uplifting at the same time.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Wilson also recruited a long list of celebrity friends (including Bryan Cranston, Jenna Fischer and Jason Mraz) to lip-synch a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zxXAtmmLLc" target="_blank">music video</a> to &quot;Clouds,&quot; which Sobiech got to see just weeks before his death.</div><blockquote><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;I want to be remembered as the kid who went down fighting, and didn&#39;t really lose,&quot; said Zobiech, when asked what kind of legacy he would like to leave behind, &quot;I want everyone to know, you don&#39;t have to find out you&#39;re dying to start living.&quot;</div></blockquote><div class="image-insert-image ">The delicate subject matter of a docuseries like &quot;My Last Days&quot; may not be the easiest to watch, but perhaps that is exactly why we should. Sobiech lived more in 18 years than most people do in a liftetime: a powerful reminder for all of us to be thankful for the little things and embrace every day as if it were our last.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;It&#39;s really simple, actually,&quot; Sobiech said about trying to make the world a better place. &quot;Just make people happy.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Luckily for everyone who got the chance to know him, either in person or through his documentary, he succeeded in doing just that.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">What do you think of this phenomenon? Would you film your last days to inspire others?&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank"> Twitter </a>or <a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/if-you-only-had-months-live-how-would-you-spend-them-107666 Is YouTube the new record store? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-06/youtube-new-record-store-107605 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4481461680_4273d06822_z.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="(Flickr/Rego Korosi)" /></p><p>When <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanthony" target="_blank">Romanthony</a> passed last month, I rushed to YouTube to pull up as many of his songs as possible. My iPod was broken. Spotify would only have bits and pieces. But on YouTube, I could find the classics that spoke to me years earlier and still resonated deep in my psyche. I started with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kN6Ix9lv_k" target="_blank">&quot;Hold On&quot;</a> and transitioned to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt-FyuuvNRg" target="_blank">&quot;The Wanderer,&quot;</a> eventually falling into a beautiful hole of soulful and deep house, genres I hold up as beacons of truth and musical beauty.&nbsp;</p><p>YouTube is my iPod. YouTube is my record store.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s not about the rejection of the physical space. Rather, it is about how we discover and rediscover new and old music. It is my place for accessing something quickly and then moving on. It is my place for finding something lost, for discovering one song after the next as related artists and albums and genres blend together to form one perfect space of music. A song is just a click away. Consumption is easier and more accessible. Discovery happens in an instant.</p><p>I cannot remember the last music video I saw. I grew up fascinated with the form, sure that I would someday create them. In music, I found perfect snapshots of the human condition. My favorite films are slices of life, quick glimpses into a character&rsquo;s life, and then a slipping away as fast as the audience entered the story. Songs exist in much the same way. They too were slices of life, were snapshots, were ways in which I could gather a quick glance of the musician&rsquo;s state of mind and then slip away. A music video then was a way to explore this: what was he or she trying to say and how can we continue to say it.&nbsp;</p><p>But the way I consume music now is so radically different than in childhood. The aural and visual were intertwined then. Now, I think about music as the soundtrack to my life, a way to escape the outside world, a way to concentrate on things that need to get done. It exists as a complement to my everyday existence. Visuals matter little. Sometimes I fear lyrics do as well. What I crave then is mood, rhythm, the way the song feels, and access.</p><p>In March, Google announced a plan to launch its own competitor to Spotify through YouTube, though YouTube already surpasses Spotify in many ways. Specifically, it is a great source for underground, obscure, and out of print music. Will these songs be eliminated with the launch of the new service? It appears unlikely, but Google is known to make swift cuts with little notice. YouTube certainly won&rsquo;t go away, but will our unlimited access to just songs for songs sake still survive? At its core, this is what brings me back again and again to YouTube. Actual music videos matter little.</p><p>According to an <a href="http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/03/05/youtube-streaming/" target="_blank">article</a> from CNN, this consumption practice is more common than not. Writers Ryan Bradley and Jessi Hempel wrote:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Most of the website&#39;s top viewed videos are music, and the viewers of those videos represent a demographic that the record industry has always coveted: teens. Most tellingly, according to a Nielsen &quot;Music 360&quot; report from 2012, a startling 64% of teenagers prefer YouTube over any other music listening and discovery engine.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Not everyone went to the record store in the past and not everyone needs to go to one in the present. For the next generation, discovery happens with a few clicks. I can&#39;t say that this is worse than discovering music in the past. If one never grew up finding music by pouring through record bins, how could I dismiss how it is discovered now? What matters is that the curiosity and eagerness to find something different still exists. The medium in which they discover is less relevant.</p><p>The Internet and our access to a variety of different musicians, singers, albums, and genres of music within a matter of seconds has changed the way we consume music. It was during those late nights my freshman year of college that I first started listening to many of the musicians I still call my favorites. I think this has been a similar experience for many. Their tastes are now expansive. Perhaps they wouldn&rsquo;t have given the local hip hop or R&amp;B station a chance in the past, but now they can sample and discover and genuinely enjoy.</p><p>I cannot know for certain, but a part of me understands that the bands and artists that I most enjoy would not have been a part of my life without constant access to the Internet. I went through an intense phase obsessed with mutant disco, no wave, and post-punk music. Would I have found myself &quot;there&quot; if there was no YouTube, no access to millions of songs uploaded by faithful fans? I doubt it. I fell into that love by discovering other favored genres. The Internet as a whole led me from one source to the next. The consumption might be gluttonous, but it is still born out of a love of the overall power and pleasures of music.&nbsp;</p><p>A browser window is open at work as music plays. I don&rsquo;t look at the screen except to change the song. And it is the changing the song that is key. I understand the appeal of the cloud, but there is something to be said for wanting exactly one song and grabbing it immediately. I do not need everything with me all at once. What I need is to know that what is wanted at the right moment is there.&nbsp;My iPod has always reflected this idea. I keep the discographies of my five favorite artists, but for everyone else, it is dependant upon the force of my moods. &nbsp;</p><p>At its core, YouTube&rsquo;s appeal stems from its usability. It is the top video streaming service because of its ease and simplicity. With YouTube, audiences are able to share clips immediately and quickly. This same idea can be applied to music itself. Videos must be created for the songs to stream, but the image itself typically remains static. The song is what is really necessary.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Britt Julious blogs about culture in and outside of Chicago. Follow Britt&#39;s essays for&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">WBEZ&#39;s Tumblr</a>&nbsp;or on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/britticisms" target="_blank">@britticisms</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-06/youtube-new-record-store-107605 So you want to be a famous musician? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/so-you-want-be-famous-musician-107318 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TYSEGALL.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="File: Garage rocker Ty Segall. (L.A. Record/Rachel Carr)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">On May 15, prolific noise rocker <a href="http://ty-segall.com" target="_blank">Ty Segall</a> announced that he will be releasing a&nbsp;<a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/50747-ty-segall-announces-new-album-sleeper/" target="_blank">new album</a>&nbsp;this August&nbsp;called <em>Sleeper</em>: his seventh solo record and first 2013 addition to an impressive discography of over <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Segall#Discography" target="_blank">35 releases</a>&nbsp;(both solo and collaborative) since 2005.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But while some people idolize the 26-year-old <a href="http://pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/8996-ty-segall/" target="_blank">garage-punk prodigy</a>&nbsp;from San Francisco&nbsp;(his name was even <a href="https://twitter.com/HeyWhoreHey_/status/334700628720889856" target="_blank">trending on Twitter</a>&nbsp;on the day of his announcement via Pitchfork), others still have no idea who he is.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Segall exists in an odd bubble of half-fame and half-obscurity, in which he can play to sold-out venues across the country and still hang out in local record stores without being bothered too much. Unfortunately, most aspiring rock stars won&#39;t even get that far.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>The digital age is both a blessing and a curse for modern-day musicians. Websites like YouTube and Kickstarter can equal big business for artists, as online campaigns allow them to reach out to their fans directly via socia networking and potentially become viral sensations overnight.</p><p>On the other hand, free music streaming sites like Spotify and Pandora provide little financial yield for the musicians themselves (<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2012/09/26/161758720/how-musicians-make-money-by-the-fraction-of-a-cent-on-spotify" target="_blank">$0.004 per play</a>&nbsp;if you&#39;re unsigned) and cannot be relied upon to cover the ever-mounting costs of travel, instruments and gear, recording sessions and software, album distribution and any additional publicity required to become a household name.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, it should be noted that unless you&#39;re playing sold-out ampitheatres á la Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber, ticket sales won&#39;t net you a fortune either.</p><p>Lots of musicians get a jumpstart due to wealth or family connections, like when Taylor Swift&#39;s <a href="http://tasteofcountry.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-taylor-swift-2/" target="_blank">investment broker </a>father spent millions of dollars to finance her first album in 2006 and when Lana Del Rey&#39;s<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lana_Del_Rey" target="_blank"> millionare parents </a>bought her out of one contract to sign her with another more lucrative label for instant stardom in 2011. &nbsp;</p><p>Does it depress you that Kelly Osbourne (daughter of Ozzy) got a record deal to sing <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DunbWiCEvgU" target="_blank">horrible Madonna covers</a>, while scores of other truly talented bands and artists have dwindled into obscurity? Unfortunately, this kind of gross nepotism runs rampant in the music business today (see Jann Wenner putting his <a href="http://gawker.com/jann-wenners-kid-is-the-new-head-of-rollingstone-com-508921163" target="_blank">22-year-old son</a>&nbsp;in charge of RollingStone.com) and in most other areas of the entertainment industry as well.&nbsp;</p><p>So, how do artists <a href="http://stereogum.com/1218552/deconstructing-how-can-indie-musicians-break-even/top-stories/lead-story/" target="_blank">make money</a> when they don&#39;t already have the money to spend?</p><ul><li><strong>Selling merch: </strong>Retail&nbsp;CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, buttons, stickers, lighters, koozies and other creative items that are cheap to buy in bulk (and thus more likely to turn a profit).</li><li><strong>Campaigning on Kickstarter:&nbsp;</strong>Need some extra cash for your next album or tour? This popular crowd-funding site is worth a shot (hey, it worked for Amanda Palmer!)</li><li><strong>Dominating YouTube:&nbsp;</strong>Racking up views on this global channel could not only catch the attention of a major record label, but also garner you up to $1,500 per one million streams from&nbsp;advertising and/or corporate sponsorships.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Making a deal with iTunes: </strong>Independent artists usually see the most revenue from their albums via iTunes digital downloads. Full album downloads at roughly $9.99 could add up quickly, especially as you build your fanbase through touring and social-networking around the world.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Getting your song on a TV show:&nbsp;</strong>Start making those L.A. connections, because licensing fees for even just a small clip of one of your songs on a show like <em>Breaking Bad&nbsp;</em>could amount to a cool $250,000-$600,000 paycheck.</li></ul><p>Many relatively well-known musicians <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/apr/23/nick-hemming-music-day-job" target="_blank">still keep their day jobs</a>; not surprising, considering that the average musician makes only <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/musicians-income_n_1719908.html" target="_blank">$34,000</a>&nbsp;off their music in America each year&nbsp;<em>before</em> deducting expenses from touring, recording, etc. (which, given the rising prices of gas and fancy recording software, can wrack up quite the bill).</p><p>Even Pitchfork-famous indie artists like Grizzly Bear and Cat Power&nbsp;<a href="http://stereogum.com/1218552/deconstructing-how-can-indie-musicians-break-even/top-stories/lead-story/" target="_blank">have struggled to make ends meet</a>; so be&nbsp;practical about the pros and cons of a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/11/how-musicians-really-make-money-in-one-long-graph/249267/" target="_blank">musician&#39;s lifestyle</a>&nbsp;before committing to it full-time.</p><p>If you&#39;re only making music for the money, then you should get out now. But if you truly love what you do&mdash;and don&#39;t mind riding in a smelly tour bus, starting out in tiny venues and living off Ramen noodles for months (or years) until you get your big break&mdash;then ignore the haters and keep rockin&#39; on.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Leah writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter </a>or <a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/so-you-want-be-famous-musician-107318 Chicago police have suspect in custody for Boystown beating, stabbing http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police-have-suspect-custody-boystown-beating-stabbing-88894 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-08/Darren Hayes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago police say they have a suspect in custody for helping a mob of people beat and stab a man on Chicago's North Side this week. Police say 24-year-old Darren Hayes from Hammond, Indiana turned himself in to authorities and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation. A resident video taped the mob beating and posted it on the Internet.</p><p>Sergeant Debra DeYoung said the video shows other witnesses also videotaped the incident and she hopes they come forward with their accounts.</p><p>"It is part of the investigation," she said. "It's a different angle or whatever and it might give us - it might shed some further light on the investigation. We'd really appreciate being able to see that."</p><p>The victim of the stabbing was released from the hospital earlier this week. The stabbing incident led to a raucous community meeting this week attended by hundreds of people about crime on the North Side.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police-have-suspect-custody-boystown-beating-stabbing-88894 Chicago police chief: Conduct in video ‘not professional’ http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/chicago-police-superintendent-conduct-video-not-professional-84290 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/police.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The head of the Chicago police said Friday that it is always inappropriate for officers to use &quot;scared straight&quot; tactics. This came after <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-22/video-questionable-police-tactics-caught-tape-84086">WBEZ obtained a video</a> that shows officers allowing bystanders to taunt a young man sitting in their vehicle.</p><p>Interim Supt.Terry Hillard said that the officers shown in the video have been put on desk duty and that an internal investigation is proceeding as fast as possible.</p><p>Hillard, who returned from retirement this month, called the incident in the Humboldt Park neighborhood &quot;not professional.&quot;</p><p>&quot;It's not what I remember &mdash; my first time around or this time around &mdash; what the Chicago Police Department stands for,&quot; Hillard told reporters.<br /><br />The head of internal affairs, Juan Rivera, said he is not sure yet if the young man shown on the video was under arrest at the time. Rivera said the police who appear in the video are &quot;veteran officers.&quot; <br /><br />Hillard said, in general, if officers make an unintentional mistake, it is the department's job to help them improve their performance. But he added, &quot;If they get out there and do inappropriate or unprofessional [things], going against our general orders, or [do] things that we perceive as being unprofessional, inappropriate, we're going to go after them. Simple as that.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, residents of the block who saw the incident said it occurred this past Saturday, March 19. They told WBEZ that two officers arrived on the block with the young man in a police SUV and that no other officers or police vehicles were present. After about 5 minutes, the residents said, the officers drove the young man away. About 10 minutes later, according to witnesses, the officers returned without the young man and spoke again with some of the onlookers. The witnesses asked to remain unidentified.</p><p>Police sources have told WBEZ that the two cops were patrol officers assigned to the department&rsquo;s Shakespeare District.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/chicago-police-superintendent-conduct-video-not-professional-84290 Packers v Bears: YouTube videos http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/packers-v-bears-youtube-videos <p><p>This is the #1 video on You&nbsp;Tube for the Bears vs Packers rivalry.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/oqrtoFWglMY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="344" width="425" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/oqrtoFWglMY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>If you were going to pick a song and a video that would embody what and who Chicago is, local rapper Serengeti's &quot;Dennehy&quot; takes the cake. It's not specifically about the Chicago Bears, but it definitely sums up what it is like to be a Chicago Bears fan. And it was released in 2007. Just this week, I've seen the video on several FB&nbsp;pages and have had the video forwarded to me. So Chicago is tuning in, once again.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="303" width="495"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/oicSTRWH_i0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="303" width="495" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/oicSTRWH_i0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>What a deep rabbit hole the internet can be. YouTube, especially. Searching Green Bay Packers can get you highlight packages, fan-made tributes and a slew of parody rap songs. The new Wiz Khalifa tune &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UePtoxDhJSw&amp;feature=fvw">Black and Yellow</a>&quot; seems to be the song du jour this season, as the rap talks about representing your home town (in this case, Pittsburgh). So probably every city that has a sports team replaces the lyrics with their team colors.</p><p>For those more into the cheesehead, honky-tonk, tons of Wisconsites dressed like..Wisconsinites, this is for you:&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4IlsTXvqXsg?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="344" width="425" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4IlsTXvqXsg?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p style="text-align: left;">And don't forget a good-old fashioned polka song called &quot;The Bears Still&nbsp;Suck.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="344" width="425"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/yQxEvv4_8Mk?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/yQxEvv4_8Mk?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p><p style="text-align: left;">But enough of the pro-Green Bay video, let's move over to the Chicago Bears side of YouTube. This is from the mid 80's and was chosen because of its authenticity.&nbsp;This is what we expect from an 80's commercial. And I&nbsp;would have put a Packer commercial up, but, well, there are none.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Cpa0lYgSWh0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="344" width="425" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Cpa0lYgSWh0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p style="text-align: left;">And finally, a call-out to the Bears fans. These little guys say it best. Or at least the loudest...</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="264" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Esjw0EHjJcI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="264" width="425" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Esjw0EHjJcI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/packers-v-bears-youtube-videos