A Cook County Sheriff’s police officer committed suicide at the federal jail in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, a day after he and his partner were arrested on allegations of conspiring to rip off drug dealers.
Authorities say Emerson D. Harris, 24, and Maximilian Kalemba, 21, of southwest suburban Homer Glen, sold drugs to different people that ultimately led to their deaths.
Wentworth District tactical unit Officer Kallatt Mohammed said in court he took protection money from heroin and crack dealers at the Ida B. Wells public housing complex on the South Side in 2007 and 2008.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has long insisted it would take more than a police force to rid some neighborhoods of gangs, guns and drugs. With a 52 percent rise in the murder rate so far this year, the Emanuel administration is now rolling out the “community” component to its crime-fighting efforts.
A federal prosecutor says 19 people, including Latin Kings gang members, a Chicago police officer and former officer, have been indicted on charges of conspiring to operate a violent criminal enterprise that stretched from northwest Indiana to Texas and into Mexico.
At least a dozen community and social-action groups sponsored a rally at the Thompson Center on Friday calling for an end to the U.S. “war on drugs.”
A Cabrini-Green resident accused of harboring drug dealers cannot be evicted because an official forgot to check a box on her lease agreement, a Cook County judge has ruled.