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Prosecutor who said Adam Toledo had gun in his hand ‘not fully informed’

Prosecutor who said Adam Toledo had gun in his hand ‘not fully informed’

CHICAGO — A key detail raised in court about the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo may have been wrong.During a bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Adam the night of the shooting, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy described the altercation in a proffer: “The officer tells [Toledo] to drop it as [Toledo] turns towards the officer.  [Toledo] has a gun in his right hand.” But now, in response to a WGN Investigates inquiry, the state’s attorney’s office says the detail about Adam having a gun in his hand the moment he was shot was...

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April 15, 2021
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Embattled FOP president facing more CPD charges

Embattled FOP president facing more CPD charges

Filed under:The new charges, made public Wednesday by the Chicago Police Board, allege John Catanzara filed a false police report against former Supt. Eddie Johnson after Johnson took part in an anti-violence march on the Dan Ryan Expressway in July 2018.John Catanzara, the controversial firebrand who leads the biggest Chicago police officers’ union, is again facing administrative charges that could lead to his firing from the Chicago Police Department.The new charges, made public Wednesday by the Chicago Police Board, allege Catanzara filed a false police report against former Supt. Eddie...

January 27, 2021
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City watchdog calls for immediate changes to CPD’s search warrant policy

City watchdog calls for immediate changes to CPD’s search warrant policy

Filed under:The Office of the Inspector General on Friday released some preliminary findings “[i]n light of the urgent need to prevent serious harm to Chicagoans in the execution of search warrants at the wrong addresses, and in recognition of pressing public concern around these issues.”The Office of the Inspector General on Friday called for the Chicago Police Department to make immediate changes to its policy on search warrants, which has come under heavy scrutiny in light of the botched raid at the home of social worker Anjanette Young.In a Jan. 20 letter to CPD Supt. David Brown,...

January 22, 2021
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After 15 years, popular ‘Second City Cop’ blog goes dark

After 15 years, popular ‘Second City Cop’ blog goes dark

Filed under:Operators of the site — read by thousands of people and often referred to as “SCC” or merely “the blog” — restricted access over the weekend, preventing anyone without an invitation from reading future posts.After 15 years as an online water-cooler for Chicago’s police officers, the anonymously authored Second City Cop blog was closed to the public over the weekend.Operators of the popular site — read by thousands of people daily and often referred to as “SCC” or merely “the blog” — changed its settings to private over the weekend, preventing anyone without an invitation from...

January 13, 2021
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‘We will surround the motherf---ing White House’: Feds arrest suburban Chicago man for threatening inauguration

‘We will surround the motherf---ing White House’: Feds arrest suburban Chicago man for threatening inauguration

Filed under:Louis Capriotti, 45, of Chicago Heights, has been charged with transmitting a threat, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.Louis Capriotti allegedly called for months, screaming as he left voicemails for members of Congress filled with profanity, racism and vague threats.Then, in late December, the feds say one call from the Chicago Heights man amounted to a direct threat on next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. They say Capriotti claimed that, if people “think that Joe Biden is going to put his hand on the Bible and walk into that f---ing White House on Jan....

January 12, 2021
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Judge orders Sony to give $1.5 million in royalties to R. Kelly’s former landlord

Judge orders Sony to give $1.5 million in royalties to R. Kelly’s former landlord

Filed under:Earlier this year, Kelly’s former landlord — a Wisconsin-based property management company — secured a $3.5 million judgment against the singer to cover unpaid rent and repair costs at the studio space at 219 N. Justine St.A Cook County judge has ordered Sony to give all the money in R. Kelly’s royalties account — more than $1.5 million — to the singer’s former landlord to cover past-due rent.Earlier this year, Kelly’s former landlord — Midwest Commercial Funding, a Wisconsin-based property management company — secured a $3.5 million judgment against the singer to cover unpaid...

December 7, 2020
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COPA employee arrested in connection with August looting

COPA employee arrested in connection with August looting

Filed under:The Civilian Office of Police Accountability confirmed the employee’s arrest, but noted that the person was released from custody without being charged with a crime.Chicago police officers Tuesday arrested an employee of the city’s police oversight agency in connection with the round of looting that led to violence, theft and property damage across the downtown area and other neighborhoods in August.The Civilian Office of Police Accountability confirmed the employee’s arrest, but noted that the person was released from custody without being charged with a crime. A representative...

December 8, 2020
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Lightfoot — not the top cop — is calling the shots at CPD, police union charges

Lightfoot — not the top cop — is calling the shots at CPD, police union charges

Filed under:The mayor “should stay the hell out of running the police department and let Supt. Brown run it,” said John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police. The mayor’s office called the comments “racist.”Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara says Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her top aides are calling the shots at the Chicago Police Department, tying the hands of Supt. David Brown and turning him into kind of a figurehead.“Whatever he wants to do is getting cleared through her office first or it’s not getting done. What authority does he really have? His hands are...

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December 2, 2020
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Lieutenant reassigned after William Barr’s trip to Chicago catches CPD brass, mayor’s office by surprise

Lieutenant reassigned after William Barr’s trip to Chicago catches CPD brass, mayor’s office by surprise

Filed under:Sources said Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police leaders learned of the visit just a day before the nation’s top law enforcement officer was scheduled to arrive in the city.A veteran police lieutenant was reassigned last week after a one-day trip to Chicago by Attorney General William Barr caught Chicago Police Department leadership and the mayor’s office by surprise.Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Lt. Patrick Quinn was pulled from his position in the Crime Prevention and Information Center in police headquarters and sent to the Rogers Park District on the North Side after...

November 24, 2020
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