Escalante, Top CPD Brass Reassuring Officers 'They Have Our Support'Amid scrutiny and criticisms surrounding the Laquan McDonald case and others, Interim Chicago Police Supt. John Escalante wants officers to know he and other top brass have their backs if they do the right thing.
Alderman Wants Every Chicago Police Officer Armed With TaserThe Chicago Police Department would be required purchase a Taser for every one of its 12,500 sworn officers and train them on how to use it by Jan. 1, 2017, under one of several proposals made by African-American aldermen in response to the Laquan McDonald controversy, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
Top Cop Frustrated With Spike In Violence, But Not Blaming Poor Officer MoraleThe Police Department has fallen under intense scrutiny in recent months, after the city released video of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times on a Southwest Side street, just hours after Van Dyke was charged with murder in McDonald’s death in October 2014.
Chicago Police To Roll Out New Training Program For OfficersStarting Monday, officers will be required to watch videos and other presentations on de-escalation tactics. The focus is to retrain officers on how to respond to a critical situation using the least amount of force necessary.
Shop With A Cop Helping Police Mend Frayed Relationship With PublicThe annual Shop with a Cop event, co-sponsored by the Israel Idonije Foundation, brought together officers with hundreds of children. Former Bears' player Israel Idonije said this year, in the wake of the Laquan McDonald crisis, it was especially important.
Supreme Court Turns Down Sun-Times’ Appeal In Koschman-Related LawsuitThe U.S. Supreme Court has shot down a bid by the Chicago Sun-Times to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that found it broke the law when it published the heights and weights of Chicago cops who acted as “fillers” in a police lineup in the David Koschman case.
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Supplying 1,000 Officers With New Bulletproof VestsOne thousand Chicago police officers were receiving new bulletproof vests on Monday, as part of an ongoing fundraising effort by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
Police Officers Rescue Three From Fiery Wreck In Back Of The YardsFour Chicago police officers helped save the lives of three men in the Back of the Yards neighborhood late Monday night, when the officers pulled the victims out of a burning car.
Two Chicago Police Officers Hurt In Englewood CrashAbout 12:15 a.m., the officers were responding to a call in a marked squad car and traveling northbound on May Street near 73rd Street when a gray Ford Taurus struck a parked car, then struck the front driver’s side of the squad car, police said.
Suit Accuses Chicago, Cook County Cops Of Kidnapping Woman, Extorting Mother For GunsA federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s office by a woman who alleges officers kidnapped her daughter and extorted her into buying illegal guns for them.
Englewood Police Youth Baseball League Hits A Home Run For Cops, KidsThe Englewood Police Youth Baseball League was created to keep kids busy, and off the streets, and to change perceptions of police in the crime-plagued South Side community.
Police Help Form Math And Science Club For West Side KidsSome Chicago police officers have become involved in an effort on the West Side to spark interest in math and science among children, and in the process have improved relations with the community.