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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Criminal Justice Reporter

Patrick Smith is a criminal justice reporter for WBEZ. Before joining the criminal justice desk, Patrick produced All Things Considered and Morning Edition for WBEZ. He joined WBEZ as an intern in 2013 and never left.

Patrick has a B.S. in news reporting and writing from Columbia College Chicago. His reporting has won awards from the Associated Press, the Chicago Headline Club, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Chicago Bar Association and others.

Patrick grew up a few miles north of Detroit. He now lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

Recent Stories

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R. Kelly Due In Federal Court Tuesday, Still Unclear How Federal, State Cases Will Proceed

Kelly is charged with federal crimes in New York and Chicago. The charges come on top of 18 counts pending in Illinois state court.

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R. Kelly Arrested On Federal Charges

Kelly is already facing 18 counts of sexual assault and abuse in Cook County court.

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Daughter Tells Dying Mother To ‘Please Fight’ After Cop Shooting

Latisha Jones testified Tuesday at a hearing for Officer Robert Rialmo, who shot and killed Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier in 2015.

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City Turns On Its Own Expert In Bid To Fire Chicago Officer Who Killed 2

Last year, the city of Chicago defended Officer Robert Rialmo in a civil trial. Now city attorneys are trying to prove he acted recklessly.

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Chicago Officer Who Shot And Killed 2 People Fighting To Keep Job

Officer Robert Rialmo testified Monday about the night he killed Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones.

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As Shootings By Chicago Cops Drop 70%, Shootings At Officers Stay Flat

A WBEZ analysis of city data shows a drop in shootings by police has not led to more shootings of police.

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Judge in R. Kelly Aims For Trial ‘Early Next Year’

Ambitious trial schedule would see Kelly tried just a little more than a year after indictment. Previous case against Kelly took six years.

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Chicago Anti-Violence Workers Applaud Lightfoot’s Public Safety Pick

Mayor Lori Lightfoot named Susan Lee mayor of public safety, helping fulfill a campaign promise to coordinate anti-violence efforts.

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More DNA, More Problems: Excessive Testing Adds To Illinois’ DNA Backlog

Experts say police and prosecutors are not using discretion when submitting DNA evidence for testing, and Illinois crime labs can’t keep up.

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Unnecessary Rape Kit DNA Clogging Up Crime Lab

Advocates say DNA testing is often not needed in many rape cases, leaving survivors waiting years for justice for no good reason.

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Lightfoot Calls For Improved Officer Mental Health At Police Board Meeting

The mayor told board members and attendees that CPD needs to be a better leader on officer wellness.

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Chicago Police Officer Cleared In Shooting Used Unregistered Gun

Records indicate an off-duty officer violated policy when he shot a man with a firearm he had failed to register with the police department.

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Chicago Police Officers Seeking More Help From Department Therapists

Chicago Police Department adds six more therapists, more than doubling clinicians available to officers.

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Chicago Police: DNA Evidence Suggests No Serial Killer

Reinvestigation of 51 unsolved strangulations of women includes DNA in 21 cases. Police say no links and no DNA in the other 30.

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A Pricey Effort To Employ Men Most Likely To Shoot Or Be Shot

READI Chicago is a collaboration between philanthropic groups and the University of Chicago. Now they’re looking for public funding.

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R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To Raping Teen Girl

Kelly was in court for the first time Thursday since new charges of sexual assault and abuse were filed against him.

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International Push To Raise Juvenile Court Age Comes To Chicago

Columbia University Justice Lab and Illinois advocates are hosting European officials to discuss science on emerging adults.

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Volunteers To Post Flyers At Sites Where Strangled Women Were Found

There are more than 50 unsolved cases of women strangled or suffocated in Chicago. Their loved ones hope to help solve their murders.

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R. Kelly Charged With 11 New Counts Of Sexual Assault And Abuse

Charges include sexual abuse of a child between 13 and 16 years old.

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Gun Control Bill Prompted By Aurora Shooting Moves To State Senate

Gun rights groups say legislation that would make sweeping changes to the gun permitting process in Illinois violates the Constitution.

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