Chicago news roundup: Murder of 15-year-old tests strained justice system


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The murder of a 15-year-old puts a strain on a justice system strained by more arrests, fewer resources

Michael Brown and Anthony Brown grew up together around a difficult housing project in Bronzeville.

They weren’t related, but their families say the boys had a lot in common. By the time they reached high school, however, they had become “opps,” members of rival gangs, perhaps more imaginary than real but still deadly.

On Feb. 8, police say, Anthony got out of a stolen Infiniti SUV and shot Michael at least 10 times as he stood over his body on a snowy street about a mile from where they had played as boys. Michel was 15, Antoine 16.

The shooting again confronted the city with children killing children and the problem of bringing justice to minors while keeping the streets safe.

Anthony had been arrested twice last year on firearms charges, but remained free under electronic surveillance. On the day of the murder, police say Anthony appeared before a judge in one such case, then ordered a Lyft and hijacked the driver, picking up a friend before targeting Michael as he was returning home from Chicago Military Academy.

The debate over the handling of cases like these has intensified as gun violence has reached record levels in Chicago and more minors are being arrested for serious crimes. Families like Michael and Anthony’s are caught in the middle, at a loss when it comes to justice.

“Everyone wants justice,” said Resheima Bailey, who describes herself as Michael’s second mom. “They caught it straight away, so they’re like, we got justice. But have we really obtained justice? Because he’s another child. It’s another child, and I feel for this child. He was just another boy living his life on the streets the best way he knew how.

Read the full story on the murder of Michael Brown and the issue of bringing justice to minors while keeping the streets safe.

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  1. A 27-year-old mother of four who was celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend was fatally shot in Lawndale yesterday. Marquita Davis was “an amazing mom, and she will be missed by so many,” said her sister, Lashawn Ward.
  2. A 23-year-old man who was shot three times last week during a robbery in Lincoln Park remained in critical condition yesterday, according to his family. Dakotah Earley moved to Chicago six months ago to study culinary arts and figure out what to do with her life, her brother, DeShawn, wrote in an update on a GoFundMe page.
  3. Clearview AI, a Manhattan-based developer of highly controversial facial recognition software, today agreed to stop providing its technology to most private customers and to cease doing business in Illinois for five years in within the framework of a legal settlement. Tom Schuba has more on the lawsuit settlement, which alleged Clearview violated state privacy law.
  4. A local preservation group is working on a proposal to revive a pair of early 20th-century skyscrapers owned by the federal government, which wants to destroy them due to perceived security risks to the nearby Dirksen Federal Building. David Roeder says more about the effort to save the towers at 202 and 220 South State Street.
  5. Chicagoans will have another chance to immerse themselves in the works of brilliant artists with the upcoming “Immersive Monet & The Impressionists” exhibition at Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago. The state-of-the-art showcase, which features works by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and many more, will run from June 17 to September 25.

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Chicago artist Hebru Brantley’s first statue inspires ‘wonder’ outside Navy Pier Children’s Museum

When kids approach Navy Pier’s new 16-foot Flyboy statue — the iconic goggle-wearing character created by famed Chicago artist Hebru Brantley — they imitate him.

They cross their arms over their chests, like him. They stand straight and look to the south side, like him. And they smile, just like him.

“They look up, they look at it, and they’re instantly inspired,” said Jennifer Farrington, president of the Chicago Children’s Museum, where the statue stands outside on the pier’s south pier.

It’s the kind of thing Brantley hopes his work will do.

The “Great Debate,” a sculpture by artist Hebru Brantley, is on display Saturday outside the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier.

The other characters of Flyboy and Brantley are already the focus of murals around the city, but the statue, titled “The Great Debate”, is Brantley’s first.

“Watching how the kids on the south side, on the west side, on the north side, wherever they are, how they all react…it was a sense of wonder,” Brantley said.

Brantley, joined by city leaders and donors Thad Wong and Emily Sachs Wong, dedicated the statue and an accompanying interactive art studio to the museum on Saturday.

The artist said he hopes the spaces will inspire children to play, create and imagine.

Mary Norkol has more on the new Navy Pier attraction.

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On Friday, we asked you: How are you planning to celebrate the mother figure in your life this Mother’s Day? Here’s what some of you said…

“In my heart where she is always.” — Kathy Boyer Deutsch

“My mother is gone so I will think of her.” —Linda Orlowski

“Go hang out with my granddaughter. I know my mother played a role in her choice. I wish my mom was here but she sent it to me. She really knew that I needed her. — Shawna Hoke

“I celebrate my mother all year round. No need for a special day. — Katherine Konopasek

“Inviting mom and dad over for pizza.” —Tom Mattson

“Spending the day with my daughter.” —Conni Lobsiger

“Thinking of all the good we shared and the wisdom she shared with me and others.” —Ruth Cowen

“By going to his favorite place, the casino.” — Sasja Alskaré

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