WBEZ’s Rundown Of Today’s Top News: CPD’s Changing Story On The LSD Shooting

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Manuel Martinez/WBEZ

WBEZ’s Rundown Of Today’s Top News: CPD’s Changing Story On The LSD Shooting

Hey there! It’s Friday, and it’s a busy news day. Here’s what you need to know today.

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1. When Chicago authorities get basic facts wrong, what does that say about their ability to build public trust?

The Chicago Police Department has repeatedly gotten basic details wrong in the shooting of a 21-month-old boy on Lake Shore Drive this week, which comes at a time when the department is unable to explain why officers shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo.

At first, officers said toddler Kayden Swann was 3, which wasn’t true. Then the Department said in a statement that a man in the same vehicle as Kayden “fired shots at another vehicle in traffic during a road rage incident.”

But prosecutors said there is no evidence 43-year-old Jushawn Brown fired any gunshots, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Their comments came during a bond hearing for Brown, who faces a felony gun charge for possessing a weapon without proper state identification.

Prosecutors initially said Brown was the toddler’s grandfather, but a spokesperson for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office told the Sun-Times that Brown is just in a relationship with the boy’s grandmother.

Sure, everyone makes mistakes. But these errors are unfolding when the police department faces a greater deficit of public trust in the aftermath of the Adam Toledo killing. And that raises a troubling question: Has the loss of public trust on several fronts jeopardized CPD’s ability to do its job?

2. Adam Toledo’s family will see bodycam footage of fatal police shooting next week

It’s not immediately clear which day next week the family of 13-year-old Adam Toledo will review police body-camera footage of the fatal shooting.

Attorneys representing the family said in a statement that city officials, the Chicago Police Department and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates police shootings, have been “very cooperative.”

Today’s news means the footage could be publicly released soon. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has said the videos would be publicly released after the family has seen it.

Meanwhile, Adam’s family today held a private funeral for the teenager. [Chicago Sun-Times]

3. Illinois reports more than 4,000 coronavirus cases in a single day, the most since late January

In another sign the state may be entering a new surge of infections, officials today announced 4,004 new coronavirus cases, the most since the 4,156 cases reported on Jan. 29.

Over the last two weeks, an average of more than 3,000 cases per day have been reported, up 53%, according to The New York Times. The average number of daily deaths, however, have decreased by 10%. [NYT]

In Chicago, officials are reporting a weekly average of 614 cases per day, a 14% increase from last week. The positivity rate is 5.2%, up from last week’s 4.7%. [COVID Dashboard]

Meanwhile, Dr. Allison Arwady, the city’s top public health official, said she is “frustrated that Chicago residents would need to leave Chicago to get vaccinated, but on the other hand, if you have the means to do that … Indiana has got plenty of vaccine and not enough people taking it,” reports the Chicago Tribune.

Arwady’s comments came as the state prepares to open vaccinations to everyone 16 and over on Monday, but the exception is Chicago. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said the city does not get enough doses from the federal government to provide universal eligibility. Gov. JB Pritzker said city residents can head to the burbs to get shots. [Chicago Tribune]

4. Biden seeks to increase funding for education, health and the environment

President Joe Biden today revealed a $1.5 trillion budget plan to tackle a wide range of domestic priorities, including fighting climate change, boosting education, expanding public housing and combating the pandemic.

Biden’s request, which heads to Congress, is a discretionary spending proposal and not a complete, annual budget, which is expected to pop up later this spring and tackle programs like Social Security and Medicare. [AP]

Meanwhile, Biden today created a commission to study changes to the Supreme Court. The move is in response to calls to expand the number of justices on the nation’s high court after Republicans rushed to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett. [NPR]

5. Amazon appears to defeat the most consequential labor battle in decades

A majority of Amazon workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., voted 1,798 to 738 against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a huge setback for labor organizers and Democrats who believed the timing was right.

The results will have to be certified by federal officials. As NPR reports, the union is also filing a legal challenge to the election and charges of unfair labor practices against the online retail giant.

Amazon has grown into the second-largest private employer in the U.S., with 800,000 employees, and it has long successfully defeated efforts from workers to unionize. [NPR]

Here’s what else is happening

  • Immigrants say they are not getting adequate medical care at detention facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin. [WBEZ]
  • The Chicago Police Department is moving to fire two officers involved in the shooting of an unarmed man at a CTA Red Line station last year. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Here’s a look at the life of Prince Philip in photos. The former naval officer died at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. [AP]
  • Iconic rapper DMX died today after he was hospitalized following a heart attack. [Pitchfork]

Oh, and one more thing …

Looking for things to listen to during what is expected to be a rainy weekend?

There’s a new episode of WBEZ’s Nerdette that asks, “Is rewatching Grey’s Anatomy a cry for help?” Maybe? But you’re asking the wrong person. My Linkedin profile is pretty much a cry for help. [WBEZ]

Meanwhile, The Pie takes a look at whether working from home is here to stay. I’m hoping so! [University of Chicago]

Tell me something good …

What’s a good TV show or movie you’ve watched recently? I’m looking for suggestions, because I’m really hitting the bottom of the barrel after more than a year in this lousy pandemic.

Cristina Romero writes:

“Have you seen Lupin on Netflix? It’s [a] French miniseries, and it’s fantastic! I can’t wait for the second installment.”

And Victor writes:

Wayne on Amazon Prime. A dark comedy about a 16-year-old kid as he travels from Boston to Ocala, Fla., to claim his dead father’s Trans Am. Dark, violent, but with a surprisingly soft, kind-hearted core. Well acted, well written.”

Thanks for all the responses this week! I’m sorry I couldn’t respond to everyone, but it was nice getting so many TV recommendations.

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