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As Motorcycle Gangs And Partiers Take Over Pedestrian Bridge, South Side Neighbors Beg City For Help

The 41st Street pedestrian bridge was supposed to improve the quality of life for residents. Instead, it's destroying it, neighbors say.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Chicago Cop Who Fatally Shot Anthony Alvarez Being Investigated For Pulling Gun In Logan Square Road Rage Clash

Videos show officer Evan Solano confront the driver of a white SUV with his gun out. The Police Department's Bureau of Internal Affairs is investigating the May 21 incident.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

‘People’s Ordinance’ For Civilian Police Oversight Plan Set For City Council Committee Vote As Advocates Blast Lightfoot, Await Her Counterproposal

As a broadly popular oversight ordinance inches closer toward a vote, advocates criticized Lightfoot's failure to follow through on her promise to deliver a civilian police oversight commission within her first 100 days.

Citywide

No-Knock Warrants Still Allowed Under New CPD Search Policy, Police Department Says — But Only In ‘Dangerous’ Situations

The reforms were first proposed in March after video of a 2019, wrong-address raid on Anjanette Young’s home was made public — despite city attempts to block the video's release.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Englewood Aldermen Commend Neighbors For Stepping Up To Help Amid Carjacking Surge

Local businessmen and volunteers are stepping up to stand watch at neighborhood gas stations as part of "Operation Safe Pump."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Man Charged In Killing Of Enrique Sanchez, Longtime Resident Of Avondale Homeless Encampment

Police said Jonathan Gonzalez, of the 1600 block of North Latrobe Avenue, shot and killed Sanchez Dec. 5.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Man Shot, Seriously Wounded While Attending Grand Crossing Memorial, Police Say

The man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, police said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Police Reform Proposal Requiring Detainees Get A Phone Call In First Hour Needs To Consider Exceptions, Chair Says

Police reform advocates are pushing the city to ban incommunicado detention by the end of the year. Ald. Chris Taliaferro said he is worried the proposed ordinance's "hard line" would lead to lawsuits.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Just 2% Of People Arrested By Chicago Police Got Access To Lawyer In Early 2020, Legal Group Says

Police data shows few people who are arrested are granted their constitutional right to an attorney.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Amid Citywide Surge, Carjackings Rattle A Southeast Side Neighborhood: ‘I’m Afraid To Go To The Store’

Residents said they've asked for more officers in the Calumet Heights area as carjackings surge. But local leaders and police haven't been responsive.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Prosecutors Drop Charge Against Black Woman Left Partially Blind By Police Attack At Brickyard Mall

As seen on video, Mia Wright was sitting in her cousin's car when police swarmed the car, busted the windows, dragged her out by her hair and slammed her to the ground.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Lightfoot Reveals Police Reform Plan Created With Mayors From Across The Country — And Defunding Is Off The Table, She Says

The plan suggests cities put more money into social services and empower police chiefs to hold officers accountable, among other things.

Downtown

‘We Want To Look Out For Our People’: South Side Neighborhood Patrol Aims To Stop Violence Without Police

A growing number of residents fed up with violence are taking matters into their own hands by revitalizing neighborhood watch groups.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Prominent Chicago High School Votes Down School Police Program. Will Others Follow?

Northside College Prep’s Local School Council voted to remove officers from campus this fall. Their action could be a preview for similar votes to come.

North Park

CPS Dodged Reforming Police In Schools For 2 Years, Inspector General Says. Now, District Vows To Do Better

For five hours Thursday, aldermen grilled CPS and CPD officials about why they failed to address concerns about police in city schools.

Downtown

Following Minneapolis’s Lead, Local Activists Will Rally For CPS To Break Up With Chicago Police

"If we don’t want young people to grow up and loot then we must listen to them and give police officers a boot out of their school."

Bronzeville, Near South Side

A Controversial Englewood Liquor Store Has Suddenly Closed, But Is It Gone For Good?

Exasperated Englewood residents fought for years to close the liquor store, a backdrop to numerous altercations and fatal shootings.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Crime Slightly Down In Chicago During Coronavirus Pandemic, But Shootings And Murders Up Year-To-Date

The state's stay at home order has not kept gang members off the streets, Rev. Michael Pfleger said. "This other virus called violence we’ve had for years."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Police Warn Of Burglars Targeting Grand Crossing Homes, Garages

Residents are encouraged to keep their doors and windows locked, and report any suspicious activity.

Chatham Groups And Police Pop-Up On 79th Street Offering Job And Housing Help To Combat Violence

The groups are joining forces with police to stop violence in one of the South Side's biggest hotspots. "I couldn't arrest my way out of this situation," the area's police commander said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham
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