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3rd Chicago Officer Has Died From Suicide In Past Week, Officials Say

At least 25 Chicago police officers have died by suicide since 2018. "This is why it is crucial we strengthen and expand the resources and support systems for our officers," top cop David Brown said.

A Chicago Police logo at Chicago Police headquarters on May 17, 2022.
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CHICAGO — A third Chicago police officer has died by suicide this week.

An off-duty officer died by suicide Thursday morning, a police spokesman said. An investigation is ongoing. The officer was at his home on the Southwest Side, according to a Sun-Times report.

No other information was immediately available.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, speaking at an unrelated news conference, said she’d learned about the officer’s death and urged people to reach out if they know someone who is struggling.

“This is a tough time this season for everyone,” especially people struggling with mental health, Lightfoot said.

Supt. David Brown released a statement where he said officers respond to traumatic incidents while “balancing their own personal lives and difficulties.”

“This is why it is crucial we strengthen and expand the resources and support systems for our officers,” Brown said. “The recent tragedies we have faced are immensely devastating for the families and loved ones of those we have lost to suicide, as well as every member of the department.”

Brown said more must be done to protect officers.

An off-duty officer was found dead from apparent suicide earlier this week, and a third officer was found dead from an apparent suicide Dec. 15.

At least 25 Chicago police officers have died by suicide since 2018.

The officer’s death comes as police throughout the city say they are grappling with a department-wide mental health crisis.

Brown faced intense criticism this year for canceling scheduled days off and offering what some officers have said is inadequate mental health services. Lightfoot has been criticized for defending Brown’s decision and dismissing concerns from officers, saying in June that officers had an “incredible” amount of downtime.

An Office of the Inspector General report released in September revealed more than 1,000 officers had to work 11 or more consecutive days between April and May 31.

A 2017 Justice Department report found the department’s officer suicide rate was 60 percent higher than the national average. 

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