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The Rundown: The fatal police shooting of Dexter Reed

Good afternoon. This weekend’s forecast includes a high of 68 degrees on Saturday and 75 degrees on Sunday. Here’s what you need to know today.

1. Video has been released in the fatal Chicago Police shooting of Dexter Reed during a traffic stop

Reed was pulled over in the Humboldt Park neighborhood last month for “purportedly not wearing a seatbelt,” according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA, the city agency tasked with investigating police shootings.

The video footage released today shows Reed briefly rolled his window down as directed by officers, but then begins rolling it back up, saying, “I ain’t doing nothing.”

Gunfire then erupts, and officers can be seen ducking for covering and calling for backup.

COPA officials say a review of the video determined Reed “fired first” and wounded an officer. Four other officers “returned fire approximately 96 times over a period of 41 seconds, including after Mr. Reed exited his vehicle and fell to the ground,” according to COPA.

Mayor Brandon Johnson called the video “deeply disturbing,” but walked a fine line between mourning Reed and offering prayers for the wounded cop. [Chicago Sun-Times]

2. The World Central Kitchen deaths create a ‘chilling effect’ on aid efforts

In the wake of seven aid workers being killed by an Israeli drone strike in Gaza, Chicago aid workers said the “devastating” attack wasn’t surprising, my colleague Violet Miller reports.

Dr. Thaer Ahmad, a Chicago emergency medicine doctor and board member of Rolling Meadows-based nonprofit MedGlobal, said a big issue in the attack is “deconfliction,” when aid workers share coordinates and other details with governments during conflict to avoid injuries and death.

“Coordinates are shared, movements are cleared, there’s supposed to be safe passage for people delivering aid or healthcare,” Ahmad said.

“What we’ve seen in the last six months is the Israeli military is not following through with how deconfliction is supposed to work.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

3. More antisemitic flyers are found on the North Side

Antisemitic flyers, some targeting the Anti-Defamation League, were found this week in Lincoln Park, according to the neighborhood’s City Council member.

Ald. Timmy Knudsen, in an email to residents, said his office was notified of an “antisemitic flyer that was spread in central Lincoln Park, some of which were placed in bags including a substance with the appearance of rat poison.”

The flyer, which was folded in the clear bags, attacked the Anti-Defamation League and included a website linked to the Goyim Defense League, which the ADL described as a “loose network of individuals connected by their virulent antisemitism,” my colleague Mohammad Samra reports.

State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, shared the discovery of the flyers on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

“As a member of the Jewish community and a proud Chicagoan, I will not back down in the face of rising antisemitism and hatred in our city,” she wrote. [Chicago Sun-Times]

4. Mayor Johnson is expected to seek an additional $70 million for migrants

And the move could set up a showdown in the City Council between migrant advocates and critics who say the city needs to do more for communities that have languished for decades.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports the mayor’s office will brief council members this week and gauge whether the plan has enough support to pass. It’s unclear where Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration will find the money.

Johnson budgeted just $150 million this year for migrants while acknowledging it would not be enough to cover all expenses.

City, state and Cook County officials in February estimated that $321 million would be needed to assist migrants for the rest of the year. And Gov. JB Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle pledged to seek more than $250 million. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

5. Lightfoot is back, sorta

Former Mayor Lori Lightfoot was hired as a special investigator to look into the spending habits of Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard, the Daily Southtown reports.

Dolton trustees say Henyard made “excessive and unauthorized use of village funds” that has resulted in a more than $5 million deficit.

After Lightfoot’s hiring was approved by four of Dolton’s trustees, the former Chicago mayor told residents, “Anybody who knows me knows I don’t intimidate easily. I will block out the noise, I will follow the facts where they lead me.”

Dolton’s mayor will likely veto the hiring of Lightfoot. And a law firm representing the village says the trustees have overstepped their authority. [Daily Southtown]

Here’s what else is happening

  • The Arizona Supreme Court upheld a near-total abortion ban dating back to the 1860s. [NPR]

  • The parents of a Michigan school shooter were sentenced to at least 10 years in prison. [AP]

  • Here’s what you should do if your eyes hurt after yesterday’s eclipse. [BBC]

  • There’s going to be a new Bridget Jones movie with Renée Zellweger. [Hollywood Reporter]

Oh, and one more thing …

A super rare copy of Action Comics #1, which features the first appearance of Superman, recently sold at auction for a record $6 million, The Associated Press reports.

That makes it the most expensive comic to ever sell at auction, according to Heritage Auctions.

Only about 100 of the 200,000 copies of Action Comics #1 published in 1938 are believed to have survived over the years. [AP]

Tell me something good …

What’s your go-to TV show, movie or book you hit up when you’re feeling nostalgic?

AmySue Mertens writes:

“I love the TV show Psych (streaming on Prime!). The binge worthy nostalgia bomb is three-fold: my life when it first aired (rose colored glasses? maybe ;), the witty pop culture references and guest stars heralding from the ’80s/’90s (e.g., all but one Breakfast Club actor has an episode — come on, Emilio Estevez!), and the flashback scenes that range from Scout troop outings to neighborhood bike races. The comedic duo of James Roday Rodriguez and Dulé Hill is pure genius.”

Feel free to email me, and your response might be shared in the newsletter this week.

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