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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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What Chicagoans Want In Their Next Police Superintendent

The Chicago Police Board on Wednesday held the second of three public meetings on their search for the city’s next top cop.

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Beck Suspends CPD’s Controversial ‘Merit’ Promotions

The system was meant to eliminate racial disparities in promotions, but officers have long complained it is a tool of political cronyism.

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Eddie Johnson Transferred Reported Love-Interest As Scandal Snowballed

A CPD spokesman confirmed the woman lost her plum job a couple weeks after she spent an evening drinking with city's top cop.

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Watchdog: Assaults On Staff Down At St. Charles Youth Prison

Youth on staff assaults are down about 40% compared to last year, according to the prison watchdog John Howard Association.

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Report: CPD Counseling Unit Lacks ‘Essential Technology’

Court-mandated assessment found CPD employees hold mostly positive view of counseling unit, but staff lacks a shared calendar or ability to track almost anything.

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Foxx Rolls Out Data To Show Her Office Is Focused On Repeat Gun Offenders

Foxx started the Gun Crimes Strategies Unit in 2017. Prosecutors in the unit work out of Chicago police districts and focus on gun crimes.

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UChicago Touts Early Numbers On Anti-Violence Program

READI Chicago was started to connect the men closest to gun violence with jobs and therapy. An early analysis has some positive signs.

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‘We Don’t Do Hospitals’: CPD Sergeant Suspended For Refusing Medical Aid To Man Who Later Died

Sgt. Sean Tully refused to take Philip Coleman to the hospital. The next day, Coleman died in police custody after being given a sedative.

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Chicago Blows ¾ Of Police Reform Deadlines

Court-appointed monitor credits the city for making progress, but says city is not keeping pace with court-mandated reforms.

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Can The Right Superintendent Fix What’s Wrong With Policing In Chicago?

The next top cop must restore community trust, rebuild officer morale and reduce gun violence. The question is whether anyone can deliver.

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson Will Retire

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to name former LA Police Chief Charlie Beck interim leader until a full-time replacement is found.

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Bail Reform Forces Cook County To Add 70-Plus Probation Officers

Chief Judge Timothy Evans told the county board that the county needs to reduce its probation caseloads by 50%.

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Appeals Court Overturns Cook County Ban On Jailing 12-Year-Olds, Public Defender Vows Appeal

The Cook County Board had banned jailing kids under 13. But justices say that ordinance conflicts with state law.

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Foxx Budget Would Expand To Take On Burge Torture Cases

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is asking the board for additional employees for the conviction integrity unit and a gun crimes unit.

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Cook County Public Defender Wants More Lawyers In Police Stations

Amy Campanelli says her program to place attorneys in Chicago police stations has cut off bad cases early, serving justice and saving money.

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Illinois Police Chiefs Hear Support, But Little Detail, In Trump Speech

Some appreciated Trump’s pro-police remarks but remained unclear on the president’s new law enforcement commission.

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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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