WBEZ | video http://www.wbez.org/tags/video-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel and Ministers to Discuss Police Shooting Video http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-and-ministers-discuss-police-shooting-video-113899 <p><p>The latest on the upcoming release of a video that is said to show a white&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times last year (all times local):</p><div><p><strong>12 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Mayor&#39;s office says <a href="https://twitter.com/RahmEmanuel">@RahmEmanuel</a> to meet with community and faith leaders to discuss release of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LaquanMcDonald?src=hash">#LaquanMcDonald</a> video</p>&mdash; Lauren Chooljian (@laurenchooljian) <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian/status/668880542100799488">November 23, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Chicago&nbsp;Mayor Rahm Emanuel has invited ministers and community activists to City Hall to discuss the upcoming release of a police car dashcam video that shows a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager last year.</p><p>Seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times. Police have said he refused to drop a knife.</p><p>There is growing concern in the community about what could happen when people see the incident for themselves. A judge last week ordered the video released no later than Wednesday.</p><p>Two ministers invited to the Monday afternoon meeting say they assume Emanuel wants to discuss ways to bring calm to the city.</p><p>Ira Acree and Marshall Hatch say blacks in the city are upset about the shooting and the city&#39;s refusal for several months to release the video.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-and-ministers-discuss-police-shooting-video-113899 Judge orders release of video showing CPD officer shooting black teen http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-20/judge-orders-release-video-showing-cpd-officer-shooting-black-teen <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cpd flickr David D&#039;Agostino.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Cook County judge yesterday <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-orders-chicago-police-release-shooting-video-113861">ordered Chicago to release video</a> from a police dash-cam that shows a white officer shooting 17-year-old LaQuan McDonald 16 times. Police say McDonald was high on the drug PCP, was wielding a knife and lunged at the officer. There was a witness who said McDonald never lunged at the cop.</p><p>The video might answer questions about the shooting, but it could also ratchet up simmering tensions in Chicago between police and African American residents &mdash; tensions that have reached a boiling point in other cities around the country.</p><p>We hear from listeners about whether they&#39;ll watch the video and why. Plus WBEZ&rsquo;s senior editor for news, <a href="https://twitter.com/robertwildeboer">Rob Wildeboer</a>, who spent years covering the Chicago Police, tells us more about police procedures in incidents like this.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-20/judge-orders-release-video-showing-cpd-officer-shooting-black-teen Judge Orders Chicago Police to Release Shooting Video http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-orders-chicago-police-release-shooting-video-113861 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Chicago_police1_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A judge said Thursday that the&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Police Department has less than a week to release a video of an officer fatally shooting a black teenager and refused to give the department more time pending a possible appeal of his decision.</p><div><p>The video is graphic, according to some who have seen it: The 17-year-old wielding a small knife is walking away from police when one officer opens fire, shooting the teen 16 times.</p><p>Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama ordered the department to publicly release the video by next Wednesday. The attorney for the department immediately asked for more time before the release so the city could decide whether to appeal the judge&#39;s decision. But Valderrama returned a short time later and said the release order would stand.</p><p>He said the Police Department had no legal right to withhold the video because other agencies are the ones investigating the shooting.</p><p>Police had refused to release footage of the October 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. Investigators have said McDonald refused to drop a knife when officers confronted him while responding to a call about a person walking down a street with a knife on the city&#39;s southwest side. The shooting was recorded on police dash camera video, but city attorneys said it wouldn&#39;t be released until a federal grand jury finishes its investigation of the shooting.</p><p>McDonald&#39;s mother also doesn&#39;t want the video released. She fears it could lead to violent protests like those in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after police-involved deaths of black residents in those cities, according to the family&#39;s attorney, Jeffrey Neslund.</p><p>Neslund, who has seen the video, said the footage shows McDonald was armed with a small knife. But he said it also clearly shows that the teen was walking away from police when a white officer, who was about 15 feet away, opened fire.</p><p>&quot;You see the officer begin to shoot, and he (McDonald) spins and falls to the ground,&quot; he said. Neslund said the officer then &quot;continues to shoot him.&quot;</p><p>The&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;City Council took the unusual step in April of approving a $5 million settlement with McDonald&#39;s family, even though the family hadn&#39;t filed a lawsuit, 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 report also said PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, was found in McDonald&#39;s system.</p><p>The officer has been identified by his attorney and others as Jason Van Dyke. Police have said he was stripped of his police powers and assigned to desk duty after the shooting. Police have released few details about the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation, but the city&#39;s attorney has said McDonald was walking away from police when he was shot.</p><p>Van Dyke&#39;s attorney, Dan Herbert, said that in this &quot;day and age&quot; there is the possibility that someone could try to harm Van Dyke because they do not understand the context in which the shooting occurred. But Herbert braced for the judge to order the video released.</p><p>&quot;I don&#39;t see any legal basis to suppress the video,&quot; he said Thursday morning.</p><p>After reviewing Smith&#39;s request, Attorney General Lisa Madigan&#39;s office asked police in a strongly worded letter earlier this month to release the video. The letter said the Police Department was using &quot;unsubstantiated&quot; claims in arguing that releasing the footage would hinder an investigation or deprive anyone of a fair trial. The letter said police had no legal right to withhold the video because another agency, the Independent Police Review Authority, was conducting the investigation.</p><p>Messages left for a Police Department spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, weren&#39;t immediately returned Thursday. A spokesman for the city&#39;s law department, Bill McCaffrey, said the office would release a statement later Thursday.</p><p>&mdash;<em> via&nbsp;The Associated Press</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-orders-chicago-police-release-shooting-video-113861 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 WATCH: A French father tries to explain the attacks to his young son http://www.wbez.org/news/watch-french-father-tries-explain-attacks-his-young-son-113821 <p><p>Sometimes as a parent, it&#39;s hard to explain a cruel world to our children.</p><p>And sometimes, we see examples of a parent doing it exceptionally well despite some very tough circumstances.</p><p>Le Petit Journal, a show on the Canal+ network, captured a moment like that at the makeshift memorial in front of the Bataclan Theater in Paris, where dozens were killed during a terrorist attack on Friday.</p><p>There&#39;s not much more to say, other than watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jb_5QlLQQH8?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/17/456361418/watch-a-french-father-tries-to-explain-the-attacks-to-his-young-son?ft=nprml&amp;f=456361418" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/watch-french-father-tries-explain-attacks-his-young-son-113821 Video of S.C. deputy throwing student to ground prompts inquiry, outrage http://www.wbez.org/news/video-sc-deputy-throwing-student-ground-prompts-inquiry-outrage-113520 <p><div id="res452211041" previewtitle="Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., was the scene of a disturbing arrest Monday, setting off a flurry of online comments and outrage."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., was the scene of a disturbing arrest Monday, setting off a flurry of online comments and outrage." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/27/spring-valley_wide-b1eff903ff49354a13919e73e501c236fd7a63a3-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., was the scene of a disturbing arrest Monday, setting off a flurry of online comments and outrage. (Google Maps)" /></div><div><div><p>Authorities are investigating a classroom incident between a white sheriff&#39;s deputy and a black high school student in Columbia, S.C., in which video shows the deputy, a school resource officer, flipping the female student&#39;s desk backward and dragging her to the ground.</p></div></div></div><p>The Richland County sheriff has asked the FBI to investigate. School officials also say they&#39;re investigating. Columbia&#39;s Mayor Steve Benjamin also called for an independent investigation, as did the school district&#39;s Black Parents Association.</p><p>With an investigation ongoing, the deputy has been shifted to other duties and ordered not to visit any schools, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article41478366.html">The State</a>&nbsp;newspaper.</p><div id="res452210749"><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HN966KxyoIU?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></div></div><p>The incident took place Monday at Spring Valley High School, after Deputy Ben Fields of the sheriff&#39;s department was called on to remove a student who had reportedly been disruptive and refused to leave the classroom.</p><p>After two separate videos of the confrontation were posted to social media, they were widely shared and drew thousands of comments online. Other recordings have since surfaced, showing the incident from more angles.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Even worse angle. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/HIFTBABG">@HIFTBABG</a>: Wtf... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh?src=hash">#AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh</a> I&#39;m disgusted <a href="https://t.co/fPlCM2iUtm">pic.twitter.com/fPlCM2iUtm</a></p>&mdash; justin kanew (@justin_kanew) <a href="https://twitter.com/justin_kanew/status/658865742587125760">October 27, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has seen a video &quot;and was very disturbed by what he saw,&quot; department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson tells&nbsp;The State. Wilson says Lott is currently out of town at a law enforcement conference.</p><p>Several students in the classroom took videos of the confrontation, which one of them says &quot;was definitely a scary experience.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I have never seen anything so nasty-looking, so sick, to the point where other students are turning away, you know, don&#39;t know what to do,&quot; student Tony Robinson Jr.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wltx.com/story/news/local/2015/10/27/student-who-videotaped-incident-speaks-out/74664592/">tells local TV WLTX 19</a>. &quot;That&#39;s supposed to be somebody that&#39;s going to protect us, not somebody that we need to be scared of, or afraid.&quot;</p><p>Robinson says the incident took place around midmorning Monday, moments after the deputy was called to the classroom, a step that he says was taken after the female student refused to turn over a cellphone &mdash; first to a teacher and then to an administrator.</p><p>Robinson says he believes the deputy knew things would turn physical &mdash; he says Fields asked a neighboring student to move their desk and also removed the female student&#39;s laptop before grabbing her and pushing the desk backward.</p><p>He started recording events, Robinson tells WLTX, because he felt &quot;this is something everybody else needs to see. This is something that, we can&#39;t just let this pass by.&quot;</p><p>In the classroom, a second student was arrested, Robinson says, for &quot;literally saying what we were all thinking: &#39;This is wrong.&#39; &quot;</p><p>Both students were detained and charged with &quot;disturbing schools,&quot; according to multiple local media news outlets. They were later released into their parents&#39; custody.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">If she were &quot;disruptive&quot; in CLASS why not call in the principal, parent /guardian not cops NO justification for children <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/springvalleyhigh?src=hash">#springvalleyhigh</a></p>&mdash; MichaelaAngela Davis (@MichaelaAngelaD)<a href="https://twitter.com/MichaelaAngelaD/status/659023238857650176">October 27, 2015</a><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>In recent years, Deputy Fields has been the target of two federal lawsuits,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/us/officers-classroom-fight-with-student-is-caught-on-video.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=second-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;_r=1">The New York Times</a>&nbsp;</em>reports.</p><p>The newspaper outlines the cases, both of which allege civil rights violations by Fields. In the most recent, filed in 2013, a former Spring Valley student said Fields unfairly targeted black students.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">I fully support our police force &amp; know many of you do too. Lets remember that supporting them means calling out bad cops. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SpringValleyHigh?src=hash">#SpringValleyHigh</a></p>&mdash; Danielle Butcher (@RepublicanSass) <a href="https://twitter.com/RepublicanSass/status/659049468617183232">October 27, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In a statement about Monday&#39;s incident, Richland School District 2 Superintendent Debbie Hamm said: &quot;Student safety is and always will be the district&#39;s top priority. The district will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students.&quot;</p><p>After making initial contact about the case with the Justice Department on Monday, Sheriff Lott filed a formal request for an investigation early Tuesday, reports local&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wistv.com/story/30353999/video-shows-spring-valley-school-resource-officer-slamming-dragging-student-out-of-desk">WIS TV 10</a>.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m as upset as anybody and I&#39;m very disturbed by what I saw.&quot; Lott tells WIS. &quot;Appropriate action is going to be taken. We&#39;re going to do it as quick as possible. This isn&#39;t something that&#39;s going to linger on for weeks, or months or even days. It&#39;s going to be done very swiftly.&quot;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/27/452206430/video-of-s-c-police-officer-throwing-student-to-ground-prompts-inquiry-and-outra?ft=nprml&amp;f=452206430" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/video-sc-deputy-throwing-student-ground-prompts-inquiry-outrage-113520 Hammond mayor rejects comparisons to Ferguson http://www.wbez.org/news/hammond-mayor-rejects-comparisons-ferguson-110916 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/hammond.png" alt="" /><p><p>The breakfast was the same, but the conversation among regulars at Frankie&rsquo;s Restaurant in Hammond, Ind. yesterday morning was a little livelier than usual.</p><p>Many, like Michael Bullock and John Gunn, were buzzing&nbsp;about a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsW-QCxXkQA">video that has gone viral on YouTube</a> and attracted national media attention.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XsW-QCxXkQA?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>&ldquo;He just mentioned the video,&rdquo; the 52-year-old Bullock said as I joined them at their table.</p><p>The video, recorded from the back seat by the driver&#39;s 14-year-old son, captured a Sept. 24 confrontation between the police and two adults in the car. It&rsquo;s now the basis of a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court against several officers and the city of Hammond.</p><p>After police pulled over the driver, Lisa Mahone, for a minor seatbelt violation officers demanded that passenger Jamal Jones produce identification &mdash; something the lawsuit says Jones did not have with him.</p><p>After several tense minutes, the video shows an officer smashing the front passenger-side window with a club, showering shards of glass on the vehicle&#39;s four occupants, including Mahone&#39;s son and daughter in the back seat. An officer then stuns Jones with a taser before dragging him out and arresting him.</p><p>The incident happened on 169th Street and Cline Avenue, very close to Frankie&rsquo;s Restaurant.</p><p>From what he&rsquo;s seen of the video, John Gunn believes the officers overstepped their bounds.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t see the justification for knocking the window out,&rdquo; Gunn, 62, said. And they got a kid in the back seat. Now, how does that affect the kids?&rdquo;</p><p>Hammond&nbsp;police&nbsp;spokesman Lt. Richard Hoyda issued an earlier statement saying Jones had refused to comply with orders to get out of the car and that officers were concerned for their safety after seeing him &quot;repeatedly reach towards the rear seats of the vehicle.&quot;</p><p>Neither Gunn nor Bullock say they&rsquo;ve had a bad experience with Hammond police. But Bullock says he makes sure to cooperate when he&rsquo;s pulled over. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;When they get my license and they see that I&rsquo;m 6&rsquo;6&rdquo; and weigh over 300 pounds that in itself creates an issue,&rdquo; Bullock said. &ldquo;I see it in their eyes that it becomes an issue so I&rsquo;ve personally stepped back from not presenting any drama.&rdquo;</p><p>Still, Bullock says he&rsquo;s not surprised that a racially-charged police incident occurred in Northwest Indiana.</p><p>&ldquo;This is one of the most segregated areas in the country. You&rsquo;ve got whites in their area, blacks in their area, Latinos in their area and there&rsquo;s no really intermingling,&rdquo; Bullock said.</p><p>But Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. doesn&rsquo;t see his city the same way Bullock does. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Hammond&rsquo;s a very diverse city. The people that live in Hammond know that it&rsquo;s a diverse city and they&rsquo;re comfortable with it,&rdquo; McDermott told WBEZ on Wednesday afternoon at his City Hall office.</p><p>Since the incident came to light, McDermott&rsquo;s been fending off comparisons by the national media and others to what happened in Ferguson, Missouri two months ago.</p><p>&ldquo;They want this to be another Ferguson but it&rsquo;s not, and it&rsquo;s not going to be,&rdquo; McDermott, who is also an attorney, said.</p><p>McDermott says the city&rsquo;s 211 member police department reflects the 80-thousand residents, where nearly half are white, 30 percent Latino and a quarter black.</p><p>&ldquo;Around 25 percent of our officers are either Hispanic or African-American. It&rsquo;s important for the police department to reflect the community,&rdquo; McDermott said.</p><p>The Mayor defends the actions of his officers, saying the cell phone video shot by the 14 year old son of Lisa Mahone doesn&rsquo;t tell the whole story.</p><p>&ldquo;The video that they&rsquo;ve seen is 3 minutes long, and it&rsquo;s minutes 11, 12 and 13 of a 13 minute traffic stop,&rdquo; McDermott said. &ldquo;A lot of stuff happened that led up to this video.&rdquo;</p><p>Apparently a longer video was recorded from the officers&rsquo; squad car, but the city has yet to release it.</p><p>McDermott says that video shows officers repeatedly asking Jones to exit the vehicle, but he refuses and fails to show identification.</p><p>&ldquo;999 times out of 1,000, the person is going to show identification. This didn&rsquo;t happen in this case and things escalated more than I wish it would have,&rdquo; McDermott said.</p><p>But some Hammond residents sympathize with the officers. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;When a police officer stops you and asks you for something, I just believe that you should comply. Don&rsquo;t be suspicious, don&rsquo;t provoke any other actions,&rdquo; said longtime Hammond resident Nilda Rivera.</p><p>Rivera, 46, says she&rsquo;s always felt safe and has never had issues with police. As for the video that&rsquo;s captured the nation&rsquo;s attention, she wants to know why it exists at all.</p><p>&ldquo;That kind of makes you wonder what is this child is being told about the police? Are they being forced to think the worse thing is going to happen and in that respect is that why they were video taping,&rdquo; Rivera said.</p><p>But in the wake of other high-profile racially charged incidents, is it possible the cops may have also assumed the worst about the passengers in the car?</p><p>Michael McCafferty is a one-time Chicago police officer who now teaches law and criminal justice at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Hammond. He also is chair of the college&rsquo;s Public Safety Institute.</p><p>&ldquo;Police are very sensitive to what&rsquo;s occurring. I think officers are more likely to try to avoid these incidents right now,&rdquo; McCafferty said. &ldquo;These videos can go viral. You can go to work in the morning as a patrol officer and then being sued or facing charges or losing your job that afternoon.&rdquo;</p><p>According to the lawsuit, Jones had surrendered his driver&#39;s license after being stopped for not paying his insurance and instead tried to show the officers a ticket with his information on it. The lawsuit says the officers rejected the ticket, but police said Jones had refused to hand it over.</p><p>The complaint alleges officers shocked Jones a second time after removing him from the car, and accuses them of excessive force, false arrest, assault and battery and other charges. It seeks unspecified damages.</p><p>The lawsuit mentions that two of the officers had been sued in the past for excessive force or unlawful arrest. Court records indicate an undisclosed settlement in one of the cases.</p><p>As of now, Patrick Vicari and Charles Turner, the two Hammond officers named in the lawsuit remain on active duty.</p><p><em>Michael Puente is WBEZ&rsquo;s Northwest Indiana Reporter. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/mikepuentenews">@MikePuenteNews</a> and on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/WBEZ-Northwest-Indiana-Bureau/701257506570573">WBEZ&rsquo;s NWI Bureau Facebook page</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/hammond-mayor-rejects-comparisons-ferguson-110916 Early 1960s look at bustling Gary, Indiana http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-08/early-1960s-look-bustling-gary-indiana-108458 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 10.20.02 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="415" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PISaDmq73LQ" width="620"></iframe></p><p>We&#39;ve viewed and thought of Gary, Indiana as an urban ruin for so long, we&#39;ve forgotten what the city once was.</p><p>I found the above video on YouTube yesterday. It shows what the steel town looked like around 1960: a vibrant city of more than 100,000 souls. Broadway &mdash; Gary&#39;s main drag &mdash; bustles with commerce and even a parade in the video. We see a new, modern school, the Marquette Park bathhouse, designed by Chicago architects Maher &amp; Sons and more.</p><p>The video was posted on YouTube by Anthony Diaz, director of imaging for the Mid-American Heritage Preservation Foundation, a non-profit group in Whiting, Indiana that digitally restores old film depicting Northwest Indiana. More good stuff <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/mahpfoundation?feature=watch">to watch here.</a></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-08/early-1960s-look-bustling-gary-indiana-108458 The Valentine's Day Baby http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/valentines-day-baby-105527 <p><p>Last year I shared with my readers the wonderful Valentine&#39;s Day video my husband makes for me <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-02-14/some-valentines-videos-96380">every February 14</a>. This year, he had an accomplice:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GyjXc6kCrew?rel=0" width="640"></iframe></p><p>Bonus: this is what my computer looked like when I came downstairs this morning:</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/2013-02-14_06-38-02_475.jpg" title="" /></div></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/valentines-day-baby-105527 Nostalgia trip: 1970s video shows one L of a ride down the Dan Ryan http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-01/nostalgia-trip-1970s-video-shows-one-l-ride-down-dan-ryan-104812 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 10.25.37 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NmHmRBPI1rs" width="420"></iframe></p><p>If you are of a certain age--and, boy, I am--the early 1970s video of a Dan Ryan Line el train making a 95th Street-to-downtown run is a real trip...back in time.</p><p>Completed in 1969, the line was only a few years old when this video was made; the sleeker new trains glided down the median of the still new Dan Ryan Expressway, stopping at modernist stations designed by Myron Goldsmith of Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill. Back then, the old Lake/Dan Ryan Line went north, passed through downtown, connected to older Lake Street el and traveled west to Oak Park. Today, the Ryan trains compose the south end of the Red Line, while the firner west leg is now part of the Green Line.</p><p>As the train travels north in the video, some long-gone landmarks and structures can be seen, such as the lip-shaped Magikist carpet cleaners sign kissing the sky near 85th. As the train pulls into the 47th Street station at 6:45, the now-demolished massive Robert Taylor Homes are visible on the right. At 35th, the camera pans to the left and gets a good view of old Comiskey Park.</p><p>Placing a high capacity rail line in an expressway median was revolutionary in the 1950s and 1960s. It lessened the cost of land clearance for mass transit and created a train system that didn&#39;t darken roadways, as do the city&#39;s overhead lines. It was efficient people-moving, but bad urban planning. The platforms are isolated, surrounded by expressway concrete and speeding cars rather than vibrant street life. The station entrances sit in the middle of blocks-wide deadzones for pedestrians, due to the width of the expressway. A planned redo of the 95th Street terminal could rectify some issues at the station--retail and food vendors could be added. That&#39;s just one spot along the line. But it&#39;s better than none.</p><p>The video above comes courtesy of YouTube, posted by a rail fan who goes by the name &quot;msibnsf,&quot; who has loads of other vintage and contemporary <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/msibnsf?feature=watch">CTA and train footage.</a></p></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-01/nostalgia-trip-1970s-video-shows-one-l-ride-down-dan-ryan-104812