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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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Former Dallas Police Chief Picked To Be Chicago’s Next Top Cop

Dallas Police Officer Terrance Hopkins, who is president of Dallas’ Black Police Association, said “Chicago has made the right selection.”

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Trying To Pay The Rent, And Trying To Collect It, During The Coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis has pushed thousands out of work, and both tenants and landlords are worried.

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Sentenced As Teen To Life In Prison, Adolfo Davis Released After Precedent-Setting Legal Fight

Adolfo Davis, locked up at 14, became a test case in Illinois on whether kids given mandatory life sentences would get another shot.

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5 Tips To Protect Your Relationship While Isolated Together

Sheltering in place for weeks and weeks changes a relationship. Here are some ways to adapt.

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Chicago Police Are Reducing Stops And Arrests During COVID-19. Activists Want Even Fewer.

Interim Supt. Charlie Beck said officers have cut back on stops to reduce contact with citizens. Activists say arrests should be a last resort.

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The Chicago Police Department Is Struggling To Protect Officers During The Coronavirus Pandemic

A CPD spokesman says they share officer concerns about supply shortages, but Mayor Lightfoot says they’re meeting first responder needs.

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Chicago Police Tell Cops Exposed To COVID-19 To Keep Working

The Chicago Police Department was notified of its first member to test positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

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How Multigenerational Families Are Coping With Coronavirus Isolation

Throughout the Chicago area, parents, grandparents and kids are sharing one household, adjusting to isolation.

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Corrupt Chicago Cops Ask Judge For Leniency In Sentencing For Bribery and Theft Scheme

Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado were convicted of five counts apiece. They are asking for four years in prison or less.

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Chicago Police Sergeant Sticks To Fatal Shooting Story Despite Contradictory Physical Evidence

Sgt. John Poulos shot and killed Kajuan Raye in 2016. It was the second fatal shooting of Poulos’ career as a Chicago cop.

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Jury To Decide If Presence Of Gun Is Enough To Justify 2016 Chicago Police Shooting

Kajuan Raye, 19, was killed by Chicago police in 2016. Evidence shows he had a gun, but it was in his pocket when he was killed.

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TJ Jimenez, Who Got Millions For Wrongful Conviction, Faces New Charges For Jail Fight

Jimenez, the subject of the 'Motive' podcast, is awaiting trial for a 2015 shooting.

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‘Safely Store Your Firearms’: How To Keep Young Children From Finding Your Gun

Three children were accidentally shot by other children over a span of three hours last Friday in Chicago.

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Last Year's Aurora Shooting Exposed Loopholes In Illinois Gun Policy. What's Changed Since?

In the aftermath of the shooting at Henry Pratt, politicians, police and advocates agreed serious changes needed to be made.

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'Sweeping' CPD Reorganization Elevates Reform Efforts

Chicago’s temporary top cop makes major changes to CPD structure, including creating Office of Constitutional Policing.

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20% In 2020: Setting Goals For Reducing Murder In Chicago

Chicago anti-violence groups gathered Tuesday to challenge themselves and the city to get below 400 murders for the year.

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Chicago Prostitution Enforcement Focuses On Women Selling Sex, Not Buyers Or Traffickers

A report says as prostitution related tickets and arrests have dropped, enforcement is aimed almost exclusively at “the most vulnerable.”

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From ‘Hot Mess’ To ‘Priceless’: CPD Triples Field Trainers In Overhaul Of Crucial Program

Chicago police officials say they’ve turned around a training program that feds warned “actively undermines” constitutional policing.

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Experts: Physical Evidence Shows Teen Had Gun, But Wasn’t Holding It When Shot By Police

Experts, including one hired by the officer, agree the physical evidence shows gun was in Raye’s pocket, not in his hand as officer claimed.

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After Decades Of Neglect, Survey Shows Progress On CPD Training Program

New police academy graduates are now assigned a field training officer to help translate the lessons learned in the classroom.

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