Federal prosecutors charged three Army soldiers of lawfully purchasing 91 guns from licensed dealers in Tennessee and Kentucky, and then transferring them to Chicago.
The investigative reporters on WBEZ’s criminal justice desk tell the stories of the thousands of individuals churning through the legal systems every year in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois and hold to account the powerful officials in charge of those systems. Covering policing, jails and prisons, gun violence and solutions to it, WBEZ’s Criminal Justice team works to bring understanding to some of the most difficult problems facing our region.
“You get tired of turning the news every day to hear about some young person losing their life to gun violence,” said Natalie Manning.
Prosecutors accuse the former officer and others of using excessive force and violating George Floyd’s rights. The rare federal charges follow state charges in a trial where Chauvin was convicted.
More than 1,000 people have been shot in the city so far this year. Last year at this time, only 720 people had been shot.
As NPR marks half a century in broadcasting, we hear from two people who left their mark on WBEZ as the station grew.
Foxx pledged “this is not about accusations or fall guys” after an investigation into her office’s mischaracterization of the police shooting.
The former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted last month for murdering George Floyd is asking the court for a new trial. His lawyers say Chauvin’s case was tainted by pretrial publicity.
Tim Nielsen, 57, faces four counts of attempted first-degree murder. The incident happened Saturday on the grass median of Logan Boulevard.
Only about 25% of officers have gotten a shot at a city-run site, though they can go elsewhere. Experts say this could be dangerous for public health.
Officer’s Lawyer: Fatal Chase of Anthony Alvarez Began With Suspicion Of Driving On A Suspended License
The lawyer for a police officer who shot Anthony Alvarez explains why he was being pursued, but the Alvarez family attorneys dispute the account.