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City hit with 2 more cop misconduct suits after sentences tossed

(CHICAGO) Two men filed lawsuits against the city on Monday after being released from prison in separate cases that unraveled when evidence surfaced indicating they had been framed by Chicago Police officers, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Armando Serrano spent 23 years in prison for the 1993 murder of Rodrigo Vargas in Humboldt Park, a case that was investigated by Det. Reynaldo Guevara.

The other suit filed Monday was by Lionel White, whose 2006 drug conviction was vacated in December when attorneys showed he was arrested while disgraced former CPD Sgt. Ronald Watts was being investigated for corruption.

Serrano and co-defendant Jose Mantanez, who has not filed a lawsuit, were released last summer when a judge vacated their 55-year sentences after an Illinois Appellate Court ruling that Guevara had coerced the two main witnesses in the case to testify against them.

In another case handled by Guevara, Roberto Almodovar was released from prison last week after serving 23 years in prison for murder.

White claims Watts and a patrol officer broke into his girlfriend’s apartment without a warrant, beat him and planted heroin on him. White spent more than two years in prison before a judge tossed the conviction.

Watts, who supervised officers at the Ida B. Wells housing complex on the South Side, was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison in 2013 for ripping off a drug courier who was an FBI informant. Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx agreed in February to look into hundreds of convictions that relied on evidence from Watts and his underlings.

A spokesman for the city’s law department said he had not yet been served with the lawsuits, and declined to comment on Monday evening. Attorneys for Guevara and Watts could not immediately be reached for comment.

Serrano and White are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

Off-duty cop barricades self as CPD boosts mental health support

Chicago Police block roads near the 6500 block of North Onarga, where a SWAT team responded to a barricade situation Tuesday night. | Network Video Productions

(CHICAGO) An off-duty Chicago Police officer was arrested after a 12-hour standoff in the Edison Park neighborhood Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after Chicago Police leadership announced plans to bolster support for the mental health status of officers.

Police were called to the 6500 block of North Onarga at 11:37 p.m. Tuesday for a “distraught male” in a vehicle, police said. He was taken into custody about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. No one was injured.

Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that the man is an off-duty Chicago Police officer who has been with the department for 14 years. His father was a police officer for 34 years.

Twelve misconduct complaints have been brought against the officer since 2013, with one for “operation/personnel violations,” according to data made public by the Invisible Institute.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi declined to confirm that the man is a Chicago Police officer, saying the man’s employment was not a factor in the incident.

At a news conference at department headquarters on Tuesday, Supt. Eddie Johnson, the department’s command staff and Police Board President Lori Lightfoot discussed reforms the department would be making by the end of 2017.

Included in the 26-page outline, in the section dedicated to accountability and transparency, the department said it plans to “work to develop a system to improve communications regarding officer support to provide sufficient resources to meet officers’ wellness needs.”

The department said it plans to continue working with the University of Chicago Crime Lab and other experts in the field “to identify officer risk factors and a process to identify officers who may need additional training or support.”

After reviewing the services already available to officers, the department said it will develop a plan for “enhancing officer support, including a resource proposal to provide adequate support,” the department said.

The plan will focus on enhancing the Employee Assistance Program; any necessary revisions to the EAP’s mental and physical health providers; reaching out to officers to better inform them of available services; integrating officer wellness principles into training; and “minimizing misconceptions” about EAP’s use while encouraging it.

According to the police department’s directives manual, the EAP “is staffed by sworn and civilian counselors and requires the voluntary involvement of department members or their families who are seeking counseling.”

Department representatives did not respond when asked if the barricade situation would accelerate those plans for implementation.

The department announced Tuesday that, by the end of 2017, it would be working toward reforming five aspects of policing, including manpower and supervision; a further investment in community policing; better officer training; revised guidance on use-of-force; and more transparency and accountability.

Charges filed in shooting death of 11-year-old Takiya Holmes

Antwan Jones | Chicago Police

(CHICAGO) A 19-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of 11-year-old Takiya Holmes, police said Wednesday.

Antwan C. Jones is facing first-degree murder charges in Takiya’s shooting, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Takiya died Tuesday morning at Comer Children’s Hospital. She was sitting next to her 3-year-old brother in the back seat of a van — her mother and aunt were in the front seats — when gunfire erupted about 7:40 p.m. Saturday in the 6500 block of South King Drive in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood.

Williams was parked outside a dry cleaning store, where she worked, and planned to exchange cars with a co-worker when someone fired shots, her grandmother, Patsy Holmes said Sunday.

“This doesn’t make any sense,” Patsy Holmes said then. “This has got to stop. These babies are dying, and for what?”

Top cop asks IG to look at fiancée’s actions after traffic stop

(CHICAGO) Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson is asking the city’s inspector general to look into allegations Johnson’s fiancée, a Chicago Police lieutenant, might have intervened to help her son following a traffic stop, a spokesman for the department said Tuesday.

In an emailed statement, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department became aware of the incident Tuesday morning and that an internal investigation has been opened into the “handling of the traffic offense” involving the son of Lt. Nakia Fenner, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

“Supt. Johnson is committed to the highest levels of integrity and professional standards for every member of the Chicago Police Department,” Guglielmi said. “He has asked Internal Affairs that this case be turned over to the Chicago Inspector General for an independent investigation into the facts to avoid any perception of impropriety.”

Rachel Leven, a spokeswoman for Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, said: “Our Office will review any information CPD provides in accordance with our procedures when we receive any complaint or referral.”

Asked Tuesday night if, prior to Tuesday, Johnson had mentioned his plans to go to the Inspector General’s Office, Fenner said: “I don’t have any comment regarding that story.”

It’s not the first time Fenner has been the subject of one of the inspector general’s investigations.

In its scathing report on Chicago’s police force, the U.S. Justice Department lifted the veil on another Ferguson investigation involving Fenner — this one into allegations of cheating prior to the August, 2015 lieutenants exam.

“The city’s inspector general is . . . currently investigating allegations that three recently-promoted lieutenants were coached by a high-ranking official who helped develop the August 2015 lieutenant’s exam,” the report states in a section devoted exclusively to CPD’s much-criticized promotion process.

“Although the investigation is ongoing, allegations of improper exam procedures make CPD officers doubt the fairness of the exam process. . . . In addition to litigation concerning the tests’ discriminatory impact, promotional exams also have been tainted with allegations of cheating and cronyism in the exam’s preparations or administration.”

Fenner was not mentioned by name in the DOJ report, but sources said the “ongoing investigation” is a reference to allegations that Eugene Williams, a former finalist for police superintendent, improperly coached Fenner and two other women, including the wife of former First Deputy Police Superintendent Al Wysinger, prior to the lieutenants’ exam.

Williams was in a unique position to assist the women, since he had helped develop the exam. He has repeatedly refused to discuss the coaching allegations, and has since retired.

All three women, including Johnson’s fiancée, were promoted after scoring well on the test. Ferguson’s office has declined to comment on that case.

Johnson’s request to Ferguson’s office comes in the wake of a health scare last week. On Friday, the 56-year-old superintendent grew lightheaded and wobbly during a press conference at a South Side police station, leading him to disclose he has high blood pressure and is on the waiting list for kidney transplant.

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Report ties top cop Eddie Johnson to LaQuan McDonald shooting aftermath

By John Dempsey, WLS-AM News

(CHICAGO)  New problems for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.   The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Johnson, who was a police Deputy Superintendent when white officer Jason VanDyke shot and killed black teenager LaQuan McDonald in October of 2014, was among a group of top police officials who saw the dashcam video of the shooting just days after it occurred.

The Tribune cites documents it obtained of the city’s Office of Inspector General, which quoted a police Lieutenant who was at the viewing of the video.   The report says Lt. Osvaldo Valdez told

Inspector General’s investigators that “There was never no question whether the shooting was justified.  Everyone agreed that Officer Van Dyke used the force necessary to eliminate the threat, and that’s pretty much it.”

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi acknowledged that Johnson was at the meeting but told the Tribune the superintendent “strongly disagrees” with Valdez’s characterization of the briefing. Guglielmi declined to elaborate and Johnson referred questions to the spokesman.

The McDonald shooting video shows VanDyke pumping 16 shots into the teenager’s body even though McDonald, who was armed with a knife, was walking away from him at the time.

 

The Inspector General has recommended that Johnson fire several officers who lied about the circumstances of the shooting that night.    The Chicago Sun Times reports that

Johnson has moved to fire only five of the 15 officers recommended for discipline for allegedly covering up or bungling the investigation into the McDonald shooting, but Johnson is still weighing discipline against four of those cops.  Van Dyke is currently facing murder charges in connection with the incident.

 

Police release photos of Lincoln Park burglary suspects

Surveillance image of two men suspected in a Lincoln Park burglary. | Chicago Police
(CHICAGO) Chicago Police are searching for two men suspected of breaking into the garage of a 46-year-old woman’s Lincoln Park neighborhood home on Monday afternoon.The burglary happened about 1 p.m. in the 1800 block of North Mohawk, according to a community alert issued by 18th District police.

Surveillance images showed two men, each about 5-foot-10 and 30 years old, leaving the scene in a black two-door Nissan, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8382.

Surveillance image of a car used in a Lincoln Park burglary. | Chicago Police
Surveillance image of a car used in a Lincoln Park burglary. | Chicago Police

Supt.: No clear violations of CPD policy in Beal shooting so far

(CHICAGO) Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Monday watched cellphone video of the Southwest Side traffic standoff that sparked a fatal police-involved shooting, but he didn’t see clear violations of department policy.

“CPD did review pieces of video today, looking for training and tactics,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun-Times. “What was reviewed today was inconclusive to determine whether there were any training violations, and we are looking forward to [the Independent Police Review Authority’s] review.”

That’s in contrast to the fatal police-involved shooting of a man driving a stolen car in July on the South Side, in which Johnson quickly announced that he saw potential violations of department policy.

About 3 p.m. Saturday, an off-duty police officer and a uniformed police sergeant fired at Joshua Beal, 25, who was pointing his gun into a crowd during a traffic altercation involving a funeral procession in the 3100 block of West 111th in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood, authorities said.

It’s unclear whether one or both of the officers’ shots struck Beal. Police are testing Beal’s weapon — a 9mm handgun with a laser sight — to see if he fired it, Guglielmi said.

The incident began when an off-duty Chicago firefighter argued with motorists in a funeral procession who were blocking a fire lane near a Chicago firehouse, police say.

An off-duty Chicago cop in a barbershop saw the fight. He went into the street and identified himself as an officer. And a Chicago Police sergeant driving to the Morgan Park police station also stopped and got out of his vehicle. The sergeant saw Beal with a gun in his hand and the sergeant opened fire — as did the off-duty cop.

Beal’s family and demonstrators with the Black Lives Matter movement have questioned the police department’s account.

Guglielmi noted that the off-duty officer and the sergeant have been placed on desk duty for 30 days — which is routine — to let supervisors monitor them and provide them with training, if necessary.

But unlike another fatal police-involved shooting in July, the officer and sergeant have not been stripped of their police powers.

In July, three officers were stripped of their powers within 48 hours of firing their weapons at Paul O’Neal, an 18-year-old driving a stolen Jaguar. At the time, Johnson said the officers appeared to violate department policy in the fatal shooting of O’Neal, as body cameras and dashboard cameras captured officers firing at the Jaguar.

There is no such video of Beal’s shooting — only cellphone camera video for now.

On Saturday, Beal was in a car in a funeral procession for his cousin, Marcus Washington, 26, who was shot to death late last month in Indianapolis. Beal was a pallbearer at Washington’s burial at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Beal’s family said he had earned an associate’s degree at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana and had two young children with his fiancée. His family said he was not associated with gangs, although police were on alert for possible gang activity in connection with Washington’s funeral, according to law-enforcement sources.

Still, Beal did have some serious scrapes with the law, including a 2009 road-rage incident in Indianapolis in which he pulled a handgun from his waistband and hit a 20-year-old man in the head following a traffic accident, according to a police report. Beal pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge and was placed on probation, court records show.

On Tuesday, Beal’s brother, Michael Beal, 28, is scheduled to appear in Cook County criminal court for a bond hearing on a charge of aggravated battery to a police officer. On Saturday, during the Mount Greenwood traffic altercation, he allegedly put the off-duty officer in a chokehold, officials say.

The off-duty firefighter who initially confronted the motorists in the funeral procession later performed CPR on Joshua Beal after he was shot, according to Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department. The firefighter isn’t assigned to the firehouse on the block where the melee occurred, Langford said.

On Monday, Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) bemoaned the racial tension triggered by Beal’s death, but defended the actions of the officers who fired the shots.

“When you point a gun in this type of situation — a gun that legally that man should not have been carrying in this state — unfortunately the Chicago Police Department had to use deadly force,” said O’Shea, whose far Southwest Side ward is home to scores of police officers and firefighters.

“There were lives in danger. Police ordered the individual to put the weapon down. He clearly had a weapon,” he said. “He was pointing it into the crowd and was ordered by police numerous times to put it down. He did not. Unfortunately, in that type of situation, you have to make a decision. And they decided to use deadly force.”

As for demonstrations in Mount Greenwood on Sunday prompted by Beal’s shooting, O’Shea said he wants “to make sure we keep the peace and cooler heads prevail.”

Black Lives and Blue Lives matter protesters faced off, trading incendiary language.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel added, “There is no place in the city of Chicago for racially, culturally or ethnically tinged language. It is totally unacceptable. You can have a protest. . . . But do it in a way that respects our differences rather than drives a wedge between us.”

CPD makes plans to keep peace in Wrigleyville during World Series

(CHICAGO) As the World Series gets underway, the Chicago Police Department issued an order Tuesday calling on all sworn members to be ready to respond to the area around Wrigleyville in the event of large, unruly crowds, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

According to a memo sent by First Deputy Supt. Kevin Navarro obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, “All units of the Department will be in regulation field uniform and be prepared for deployment with soft body armor, helmet, baton and rain gear.”

The order will go into effect from Friday, Oct. 28, the date of the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years, until Wednesday, Nov. 2, the date of a potential Game 7. The order calls for officers to be prepared on Oct. 31, even though no game is scheduled that day.

The Cubs host the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Oct. 28, Oct. 29 and, if needed, Oct. 30.

Time off, aside from personal days and previously approved furlough days, will not be granted to any member of the department, according to the memo.

“All units of the department will anticipate days off cancelled,” it read.

Officers are also told to “anticipate working a twelve (12) hour tour of duty.”

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police activity over the next week was part of “customary measures” for any large-scale event.

“Essentially, all officers will be working to not only ensure safety around the World Series but also patrolling neighborhoods and parks,” Guglielmi said in an email Tuesday night.

About 300,000 Cubs fans took to the streets outside Wrigley Field from Saturday night into Sunday to celebrate the team’s first National League Championship since 1945, city officials estimated.

Six people were arrested on misdemeanor charges of unlawful ticket sales, traffic obstruction, storage of goods on the public way, disorderly conduct, reckless conduct and resisting arrest, according to police. Nine people were taken to hospitals.

— Chicago Sun-Times

2 found dead in suspected murder-suicide in Ukrainian Village

(CHICAGO) Detectives have opened a homicide investigation after two people were found dead in a Ukrainian Village home following a five-hour barricade situation Tuesday, police said.

Officers responded about 5 p.m. to a call of a domestic-related shooting in a building in the 800 block of North Wolcott, according to Chicago Police. Someone refused to come out of the apartment, and the police SWAT team was called to the scene.

SWAT team members made entry into the home about 10 p.m. and found a woman and man both dead inside, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately confirm the fatalities.

A police source said the deaths may have resulted from a murder-suicide, but additional information was not available. Area Central detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

Federal trial over Endia Martin killing begins this week

Vandetta Redwood | Chicago Police

(CHICAGO) Vandetta Redwood found herself alone in a Chicago police lockup in April 2014, the day a teenage feud ended with a street brawl — and the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Endia Martin.

Redwood, then 32, had been in the middle of the melee in the Back of the Yards that day. As her 12-year-old daughter stood by, the feds say Redwood handed a .38 special caliber revolver to her 14-year-old cousin and gave her a simple instruction: “Shoot that bitch.”

Authorities say the 14-year-old girl obeyed, wounding one teenage girl and killing Martin, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Later, alone in the lockup, Redwood allegedly told herself, “I’m not going to no motherf – – – – – – jail.” And for nearly two years, she kept that promise to herself. She escaped criminal charges over Martin’s death. But that changed in February, when a federal grand jury indicted Redwood for putting the murder weapon in the hands of a child, and for carrying it within 1,000 feet of a school.

Now, Redwood faces as many as 15 years in prison if convicted at a trial starting Monday at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. When she learned last winter how long she could wind up behind bars, Redwood broke down in court.

“They f – – – – – – lied on me,” Redwood declared as she was dragged from the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve in February. “I swear to God. I didn’t do this. I didn’t do this. They f – – – – – – lied on me. They lied on me. I didn’t do this. I didn’t do this. They lied on me. They lied on me.”

The charges against Redwood landed days after her other cousin, Donnell Flora, was convicted by a Cook County jury for Martin’s first-degree murder and the attempted murder of Lanekia Reynolds, the other wounded teen. Flora was accused of first handing the gun to the alleged shooter. The feds say the teen then handed it to Redwood before taking it back.

Redwood took the stand during Flora’s trial and invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify. Her attorney has since accused the feds of trying to punish Redwood for that decision. Meanwhile, Flora has been sentenced to 100 years in prison.

The alleged shooter, who is not being named because she was charged as a juvenile, is still awaiting trial. Prosecutors did not include her on a publicly filed witness list. Others are instead expected to take the stand and testify that they saw Redwood hand the teen a “shiny” or “silver” object.

Meanwhile, a cellphone video of the shooting will likely serve as the centerpiece of the prosecutors’ case. Cook County prosecutors tried to use the same video in 2014 to charge Redwood with mob action and obstruction of justice. But Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. tossed those charges after he viewed the video, calling it “choppy” and “poor.”

The feds are expected to play the video in court this week — which could lead to its public release.

Federal prosecutors acknowledge that video of the April 28, 2014, murder does not show Redwood handing the gun to the alleged shooter. Instead, they say it shows Reynolds descending a porch in the 900 block of West Garfield swinging a lock on a chain. Redwood can be seen crossing the screen toward her young cousin, prosecutors said, and later the teen can be seen raising a silver gun and firing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Nasser said people in the crowd told the alleged shooter to put her gun away and fight fair — without weapons. So Redwood allegedly bumped chests with her young cousin and took the gun. Then, after Reynolds began swinging the lock, Nasser said Redwood handed the Smith & Wesson back to the girl and told her to “shoot that bitch.”

The violence erupted after a feud over a boy between Reynolds and her rival escalated on Facebook. It snowballed into threats, and the two eventually challenged each other to a fight.

Donnell Flora |
Donnell Flora | Cook County sheriff’s office

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Retired detective turns in nephew for downtown bank robbery

CHICAGO (AP) — A retired Chicago police detective has turned in his nephew to the FBI for allegedly robbing a downtown bank.

The FBI says Ramses Longstreet is accused of robbing an Associated Bank branch Wednesday. The suspect left behind a cellphone when he fled the bank. After getting descriptions of the robber from witnesses, the FBI released photos of Longstreet.

The federal court filing by the FBI indicates the 42-year-old Longstreet went to the uncle’s home and asked him to hold on to the cash. It was shortly afterward that the uncle was told by Longstreet’s mother she believed her son may have robbed a bank.

On Thursday, the uncle picked up Longstreet on a pretense and took him and the cash to the FBI.

It wasn’t immediately known if Longstreet, who ordered held Thursday, has legal representation.

 

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Detainee’s death an example of ‘unjust’ bond system

Ryan Hanley | Chicago Police

(CHICAGO) A Far South Side man who had been held at the Cook County Jail for four months since being arrested for theft at an Avondale neighborhood Jewel-Osco died in custody Monday morning, in what the sheriff’s office called an example of an “unjust” bond system.

Ryan Hanley, 34, was accused of stealing merchandise valued at less than $300 on June 9 from the store at 3572 N. Elston Ave., according to Cook County Circuit Court records and Chicago Police. Judge Peggy Chiampas set bond at $50,000 for the felony theft charge, records show.

Hanley had been diagnosed with a terminal illness, according to Cara Smith, chief policy officer for the Cook County sheriff’s office. He died at Stroger Hospital at 8:03 a.m. Monday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Hanley’s death is another shameful reminder of how disgracefully unjust our bond system is,” Smith said in an email Monday night. “He was charged with theft and his bond set at $50,000, despite being terminally ill. We will continue to advocate as strenuously as we can for those impacted by this unjust system.”

Records show a lengthy rap sheet for Hanley, whose most recent home address was listed in the 10500 block of South Spaulding. In addition to several misdemeanor shoplifting and trespassing convictions since 2000, he pleaded guilty to burglary in 2002 and armed robbery in 2005 — both in Chicago — as well as a 2012 felony theft charge in Tinley Park.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

Chicago police shoot, wound robbery suspect at gas station

(CHICAGO) Chicago police officers have shot and wounded an armed robbery suspect at a gas station.

Police say officers were about a block away and responded Sunday night to a call about an armed robbery at the station in the West Humboldt Park and arrived to find the robbery in progress.

Police say in a statement they were confronted by the armed suspect and officers fired, shooting him in the leg. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, where he was last reported in serious but stable condition. No officers were injured and police say a gun was recovered.

The shooting is under investigation and the department says officers involved will be on routine administrative duties for 30 days.
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Suit: CPD officer faced retaliation for reporting misconduct

(CHICAGO) A Chicago Police officer claims he faced retaliation in the department after reporting other officers’ misconduct.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, Officer Jaeho Jung says he went to a sergeant in early 2015 about an officer who made false police reports, and another who refused to fire her weapon “when required to do so, in order to protect fellow officers.”

The sergeant told the 10-year veteran that by reporting the misconduct, he now had a “brick” over him, implying Jung was “tarnished in the eyes of superior officers” and that it made him “a target for retaliation,” the suit alleges.

As a result, Jung claims, he was removed from a police tactical team, and his paid time off was cut short. He also claims colleagues used racial slurs against him.

The suit was filed against the City of Chicago and also names two officers, three sergeants and a lieutenant as defendants. A city law department spokesman said the suit had not yet been served and declined to comment Wednesday night.

The two-count whistleblower suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

Three CPD officers injured during West Side arrest

(CHICAGO) Three Chicago Police officers were injured, one seriously, while making an arrest after a crash Wednesday morning in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

The 15th District officers were on patrol and saw a crash near Cicero and Roosevelt about 10 a.m., according to Chicago Police.

The officers tried to help the crash victims, but a male became combative and struck one of the officers, police said. Two other officers were injured while taking him into custody.

The male was taken to Loretto Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said, though they did not specify the nature of his injuries.

Three officers were taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, police said. One officer was in serious condition, and the other two were in good condition.

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CPD releases sketches of severed head found in park lagoon

Chicago police released sketches of a person whose head was found in a bag in the McKinley Park lagoon last week. | Chicago Police photos

(CHICAGO) On Wednesday, Chicago Police released sketches of a person whose severed head was found inside a bag last week in the McKinley Park lagoon in hope of finding out who they were.

The human remains were found about 10 a.m. Sept. 23 at the park at 2210 W. Pershing, according to Chicago Police.

A Chicago Park District worker found the bag during a routine clean-up, a source said.

The remains of the person found were described as black, between 15 and 25 years old, police said. Investigators are unsure if they were male or female.

Anyone with information on the person’s identity is asked to call police at (312) 747-8730.

970 new Chicago Police officers will need 600 new squad cars

(CHICAGO) Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to borrow $25 million to pay for new squad cars for the 970 new officers he plans to hire in the next two years, but how he will pay for the additional cops remains under wraps, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

On Thursday, Emanuel’s office will seek approval from the City Council Finance Committee to tack the vehicle-related borrowing onto an existing series of general obligation bonds, Budget Office spokeswoman Molly Poppe said.

As for the estimated $134 million it will cost to put nearly 1,000 new cops on the CPD payroll, Poppe said Emanuel will spell out the funding sources when he introduces his 2017 budget proposal next month.

The $25 million price tag will cover more than 600 vehicles, to be purchased over two years, Poppe said. The all-wheel drive Interceptor SUV will be built at Chicago’s Ford Assembly Plant on South Torrence Avenue. The CPD fleet is mostly comprised of Ford sedans and SUVs, but department officials have not yet determined the mix of models needed, Poppe said.

Last week, Emanuel announced the police hiring surge as a key component of his strategy to reduce crime and calm tensions between the CPD and citizens, but he did not say where the cash-strapped city would find the money for the officers.

Emanuel’s plan also called for spending $36 million on mentoring programs intended to steer middle- and high school-age children away from gangs, listing the city and several corporate sponsors as funding sources.

This year Emanuel has pushed through tax increases totaling $838 million for police, fire and teacher pensions, in addition to a new fee for trash collection and a 29.5 percent bump to water and sewer bills. However, the new police hires could eventually allow the department to reduce the $116 million spent on police overtime in 2015.

-Chicago Sun-Times

US Atty: Chicago Gangs Emboldened 

By Bill Cameron, WLS-AM News

 At the City Club Monday afternoon, U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon was conceding there has been a downside to the recent moves in favor of more police accountability.

 Fardon is acknowledging that putting the police under a microscope is having two negative impacts on enforcing the law.

 “I believe there was a hit on CPD morale and a drag on officer willingness to conduct stops,” Fardon said. “There has in fact been a major drop this year in the number of street stops officers are conducting. I also think the fallout on public confidence has created a sense of emboldenment [sic] among gangs especially in our most violent-afflicted neighborhoods. Some gang members, apparently,  have felt they could get away with more and so more bullets started flying.”

 He also said the pattern and practice civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department is moving forward at “a record pace” but he made no predictions on when a report may be coming.

@ 2016 WLS-AM

Theresa Mintle: Rahm has not ‘lost his power’ in City Hall

Former chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel Theresa Mintle told John Howell and Ray Stevens on WLS that he’ll have no problem attaining the over $170 million needed to fund his plan to hire 970 more officers for the Chicago Police Department.

When asked if Emanuel has lost some of his power and influence over City Hall, Mintle said absolutely ‘not.’

Emanuel’s budget is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

CPD announces next 7 districts to receive body cameras

(CHICAGO) Chicago Police announced Sunday that the next seven police districts to be outfitted with body cameras for officers will be the Englewood, Harrison, Chicago Lawn, Grand Crossing, Grand Central, Central and Near North districts.

Infrastructure improvements to accommodate the cameras will begin this fall in the districts, which cover much of the West and South sides where violence in the city typically is concentrated.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson announced last week that all 22 police districts will be equipped with cameras for every officer on every shift, with the number of cameras rising from 2,000 now to about 7,000 by 2018. The expansion is expected to cost $8 million through city funding and grants.

The pilot program began in January 2015 in the Shakespeare District on the Northwest Side. This year, the department expanded the program to the Austin, Wentworth, Deering, Ogden, South Chicago and Gresham districts.

“Body cameras have proven to be a valuable tool in promoting departmental accountability and trust, while providing a firsthand look into the dangerous situations Chicago police officers face every day to protect our communities,” Johnson said in a statement.

But a police-involved shooting in the South Chicago district has raised concerns about whether cops are purposely turning off their cameras. Paul O’Neal, 18, was fatally shot on July 28 after he hit two police SUVs in a stolen Jaguar. Johnson stripped three officers of their police powers for allegedly violating police policy.

The camera of the officer who fired the fatal shot apparently wasn’t recording when he fired. But after the shooting, his camera captured him saying he didn’t know O’Neal was armed. Later, a supervisor cautioned officers to “make sure these are all off now,” apparently talking about their cameras.

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