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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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Chicago Cops Convicted In Federal Corruption Trial

Two Chicago police officers were convicted by a jury of lying to get search warrants and stealing from the illegal raids.

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Chicago Officers To Keep Jobs Despite Their Disproved Account Of Fatal Shooting

City admits 30-day suspension not appropriate discipline for officer who chased after teen firing round after round from assault rifle.

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Federal Jury Deliberating Corruption Case Against 2 Chicago Cops

Two Chicago police officers are accused of lying to get search warrants and stealing from raids. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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City Fires Officer For On-Duty Shooting That Killed 2

Rialmo shot Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones in 2015. The Chicago Police Board ruled that the shooting violated department policy.

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Decision Coming On Whether To Fire Chicago Cop Who Killed 2

Robert Rialmo shot Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier in 2015. The Chicago Police Board will announce Thursday whether he should be fired.

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IG: Chicago Police Mishandled Sergeant’s Suspicious Death

A new report says Chicago police officials violated policy and state law in the aftermath of Sgt. Donald Markham’s death in 2015.

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Jason Van Dyke Resigns From Chicago Police Department

The officer was convicted of murder for killing Laquan McDonald. He was facing termination but has officially resigned.

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Police: Chicago Man Who Killed 5 Wrote Threatening Notes

Authorities said that a Chicago man who gunned down five of his neighbors left notes suggesting he was planning an act of violence.

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City Records Show Detectives Used Video To Craft Laquan McDonald Narrative

One officer claims a detective had her watch video of the shooting and coached her through what it showed to justify Van Dyke’s decision to shoot.

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Lightfoot Releases ‘Cover-up’ Records In Laquan McDonald Shooting

The Chicago mayor fulfills a campaign vow to disclose documents in the city’s probe of how CPD handled Officer Jason Van Dyke’s shooting.

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Prosecutors: Chicago Cops On Trial ‘Betrayed Their Badge’

Opening statements came Tuesday in the trial of CPD Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado.

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Federal Trial Begins For Chicago Cops Accused of Fraud, Theft

Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado are accused of lying to get search warrants and stealing from the illegal seizures.

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Attorney Blasts Chicago Investigation Into ‘Racially Charged’ Police Shooting

City agency determined the shooting was justified but is still investigating “other allegations” against off-duty officer.

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Foxx’s Office Argues For Right To Lock Up 10 To 12-Year-Olds

The state’s attorney and public defender sparred in appellate court over a county ban on placing kids younger than 13 in juvenile jail.

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Cook County Judges Fighting To Preserve Right To Lock Up Children

Oral arguments are scheduled for Wednesday on a county ban on placing kids younger than 13 in juvenile jail.

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Chicago Misses 2 Dozen Deadlines In Police Reform Plan

With a court-appointed monitor set to give an update on Saturday, a WBEZ review shows the city is behind on many deadlines.

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Woman Who Bailed Out R. Kelly Wants Money Back

South suburban restaurateur Valencia Love’s attorney asked the judge to return $100K, but the request was rejected.

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Residents, Activists Gather At Spot Where Pregnant Teen Was Killed

Nonviolence groups barbecued and put up bouncy houses to show that the community isn’t defined by one horrific act.

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Legal Miscalculation In Police Code Of Silence Case Costs Chicago $4.5 Million

Chicago rejected an offer to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit at no cost. The city now owes $1.9 million plus millions in legal fees.

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Federal Judge Sets R. Kelly Trial Date In Chicago

Kelly is charged with multiple crimes in four jurisdictions. A federal judge in Chicago is the first to set a trial date.

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