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Chicago Police Department unveils final foot pursuit policy, more than a year after 2 controversial fatal shootings by officers
The Chicago Police Department today released a final version of a foot pursuit policy, completing a lengthy process that has come under intense scrutiny following the fatal police shooting of Adam Toledo, 13, and Anthony Alvarez, 21, during lawsuits last March.
The policy includes increased oversight, “clearer guidance” and additional training for officers, as well as better data collection to analyze prosecutions, according to a ministry statement.
It will replace a temporary hunting policy by the end of the summer,
The policy is based on “national best practices” and inputs from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Independent Monitoring Team that tracks the department’s compliance with court-ordered sweeping reforms, according to the CPD.
The oversight team originally recommended the department adopt a foot pursuit policy last March, weeks before Alvarez and Toledo were fatally shot by officers in separate pursuits.
The CPD unveiled a temporary foot chase policy last May before releasing a draft of the final policy in February and seeking public input after criticism the temporary policy was vague and insufficient.
Much of this draft remains intact, including a section that prohibits officers from engaging in prosecution unless “there is a valid need to detain the person” which “outweighs the threat for the security posed by the pursuit”.
Tom Schubah says more about politics here.
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- A major public corruption trial scheduled for late summer has been postponed due to a delay in another major trial soon to begin in Dirksen’s federal courthouse – the R. Kelly child pornography trial. The same judge is presiding over both the R. Kelly case and a ComEd corruption case involving four members of Michael Madigan’s inner circle – which had been scheduled for back-to-back trials this year.
- Through an ordinance he plans to propose at tomorrow’s city council meeting, Ald. Andre Vasquez wants to crack down on incursions on bike lanes – with signage requirements and reinforced towing. He says his goal is to stop a repeat of the tragic collision that killed Lily Grace Shambrook, a 3-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer driver as she rode on the back of her bike. mother on June 9.
- Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Illinois on Friday, with scheduled stops in Plainfield and Chicago. The vice president intends to highlight the administration’s work on maternal health and will speak at a convention of Latino officials, reports Lynn Sweet.
- As temperatures top the 100 degree mark for the second week in a row, a City Council committee decided today to impose new cooling requirements for high-rise residential buildings and the elderly. The order aims to prevent a repeat of the tragedy at a Rogers Park nursing home where three residents died in mid-May.
- Former Senator Thomas Cullerton was sentenced to a year in prison today in an embezzlement case that involved the Teamsters union and ended Cullerton’s career at Springfield. Cullerton pleaded guilty to embezzlement in March, admitting he improperly took more than $248,000 from the Teamsters.
- Kellogg Co. today announced its split into three companies focused on cereals, snacks and plant-based foods. The snack company will have two campuses in Battle Creek and Chicago, with its headquarters in Chicago, reports The Associated Press.
- House Democratic 1st Congressional District candidate Jonathan Jackson is getting another major boost from the cryptocurrency political action committees. A new spending reported to the FEC brings the crypto industry’s total spending on ads to elect Jackson to $991,276 to date. Lynn Sweet has more on other recent crypto industry contributions to electing Jackson here.
- A new name for the much-maligned Asian carp will be announced tomorrow by Illinois officials in a bid to rebrand the fish as a delicious catch. Officials hope more people will eat the fish, which will encourage commercial fishing operations to pull more Asian carp from the Illinois River and ultimately reduce the number of fish and the risk of them entering the river. the Great Lakes.
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June 19 giveaway at East Garfield Park launches local branch of nonprofit
Standing in line to enter the auditorium of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in East Garfield Park, a woman spoke about what she hoped to receive in a drawing at the church yesterday.
An ice maker, said a woman, sweating in the heat. “I’m going to sit next to it and eat ice cream all day,” she said.
She was one of hundreds of people at the church, at 2622 W Jackson Blvd., to try their luck in drawing and see what was available at a giveaway held in honor of Juneteenth. Other items available ranged from bikes and superman slippers to handbags and ceiling fans.
The $1.2 million in available goods was contributed by CityServe West Cook, the local branch of CityServe, an international non-profit organization. This was CityServe West Cook’s inaugural event. Local faith leaders and politicians, including Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), explained at the event that CityServe would continue to “bless the community” with giveaways like the one held Monday.
Crissy Cochran, executive director of communications for CityServe International, said Mount Vernon Baptist has proposed June 19 as the launch day for the local wing of CityServe. “It was the perfect opportunity to commemorate June 19 and what it meant to the neighborhood’s African-American community,” Cochran said of the holiday that commemorates the freedom of Texas’ last remaining slaves on June 19, 1865.
CityServe West Cook plans to hold another contest in July and one every month, Cochran said. They also plan to hold smaller, more frequent giveaways at local churches, and 20 churches have already signed up to be local distribution points.
Michael Loria has more on the giveaway here.
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Yesterday we asked you: If you could watch a Hollywood biopic about any Chicagoan, who would it be?
Here’s what some of you said…
“One of the great musicians here. Shaka Khan. Liz Phair. Coco Taylor. Mini Riperton. All of them have interesting stories that reflect a very specific time, place and musical genre. —Danielle Rue
“A John Belushi biopic would certainly be interesting.” — Laurie Alfaro
“I want to write a biopic about Harold Washington (starring Tracey Morgan or Brian Tyree Henry.) Mayor Washington was an iconic figure who is sadly better known for his tragic death and tumultuous Council Wars than for the exceptional life he had. lived.” —Zeke Razby
“Ernie Banks, he was so nice and a gentleman. I would love to know his life story. — Debbie VoglerThompson
“Terkel studs. He was curious about everyone. The Chicago Auditor. —Michael Vicar
“Al Capone was famous all over the world. I’ve seen endless movies and TV shows with Big Al in film, but I’ve never seen a biography of him, so a Hollywood biopic would be wonderful. —Gene Tenner
“Sam Cooke. His life and death is polarizing. I’m not sure many people know the story. Would love to see it on the big screen.” —Lea Ashley Johnson
“Mike Royko. Because he was such a deep, brilliant, flawed person, and his story is so unique to Chicago. —Regan Robertson
“Myself! That would be the most interesting story. —Erica Palmer
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