Tag: Chicago

Chicago Torturers 'Could have been Obama's children,' Tweets Teacher

A high school teacher in West Virginia has been suspended after her personal Twitter account was found filled with racially charged tweets. Mary Durstein was suspended, with pay, on Monday, according to the Herald-Dispatch. The tweet that initially garnered attention was in response to a photo of the four Black…

Chicago's Former Police Chief Blames BLM for Surge in Violence

Chicago saw its deadliest year in two decades in 2016, closing the year with 762 homicides surpassing the number in New York and Los Angeles combined and over 4,000 shooting victims. Meanwhile, according to an analysis from the Chicago Sun-Times, the number of arrests went down by 28 percent from…

Another Unarmed Black Man Killed by Chicago Police

Video footage was released on Friday of the shooting death of Paul O’Neal, an 18-year-old unarmed Black man, by a Chicago police officer on July 28. O’Neal was suspected of driving a stolen vehicle, and a chase with police ensued. Video footage shows officers handcuffing O’Neal after he is shot…

Chicago Mayor Calls to Disband Police Authority

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled his plan to disband the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and replace the group with a civilian agency “that has more independence and more resources to do its work.” Formed in 2007, the IPRA was created to serve as the city’s police review agency in…

Racism Embedded in Chicago Police Department, Report Finds

The Chicago Police Department has a deep-rooted history of systematic racism, a report released Wednesday by the city’s Police Accountability Task Force found. According to the report, the police department has “no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.” Four overarching findings the report…

Police Union Hires Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald

The Chicago police union hired Jason Van Dyke, the police officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald, the union’s president, Dean Angelo, announced last week. Related Story: Chicago Releases Graphic Video of White Cop Shooting Black Teen 16 Times Angelo described the position as a “jack-of-all-trades” role: “He might be on…

Chicago Mayor Names New Police Chief, Ignoring Police Board

By Frank Kineavy Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday formally appointed Eddie Johnson, a Black, 27-year veteran of the force, to be the city’s interim police superintendent. Johnson’s appointment follows a tumultuous few months that saw the firing of former police superintendent Garry McCarthy in December amid growing calls for…