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A new survey shows the Chicago Police Department still has a long way to go to earn the trust of young Latino and Black men. “Not a source of justice.”
A follow-up report from the Chicago Police Department’s court-appointed comptroller found that many black and Latino men still don’t trust officers to treat them with “dignity and respect.”
Words commonly used by men to describe the Chicago police were aggressive, racist, disrespectful, unreliable and unethical.
“I don’t trust them. They don’t care what’s going on in the neighborhood,” said a man who was involved in the Monitor-supervised investigation, Maggie Hickey, a former federal prosecutor. “When there’s a shooting, I want [police officers] to do their job. They are not doing their job. Not a source of justice or a beacon of hope.
The investigation provides a measure of the police department as it continues to grapple with sweeping reforms ordered in a federal consent decree following the 2014 police killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Earlier this year, Hickey’s office found the department was failing to engage and build trust among residents.
The latest report, released yesterday, found little improvement from a similar survey conducted by the Monitor in 2019. That report found that Chicagoans gave the police department low ratings for reliability and “procedural justice,” with negative reactions strongest among black and Latino men.
In the new survey, black and Latino men in Chicago, ages 18 to 35, were interviewed from December 2020 to June 2021.
“Young Black and Latino men in Chicago continue to report that they are not receiving procedural justice when interacting with the [Chicago Police Department]“Hickey wrote. “Black and Latino men want to be treated with dignity and respect.”
Allison Novelo talks more about the survey results here.
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- A 5-year-old boy died four days after being shot in a car after visiting his father in Rogers Park. Devin McGregor’s mother had just strapped him into a car seat when someone arrived and fired shots, also wounding his father, who survived.
- More COVID-19 booster shots are expected to become available around Chicago in the coming days. The new Pfizer and Moderna boosters specifically target the COVID strains that are now the most prevalent. Our Brett Chase has more on how to get the pics here.
- Chicago’s top cop said today that the city is preparing for the last holiday weekend of the summer by making as many officers as possible visible in neighborhoods, on the CTA and even on the water. While the days off have been canceled, Brown said under a new policy announced this week, officers will only have one canceled day off, not two.
- A Bridgeview-based construction company is accused of wage theft and using an elaborate scheme to underpay dozens of unionized carpenters, according to a lawsuit filed by the office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Drive Construction allegedly routed payments to carpenters through fictitious subcontractors to pay less than state overtime and prevailing wage laws require.
- Chicago public school attendance rates continued to climb back toward pre-pandemic levels last week. More than 93% of students showed up for class on the first day of school, the district said.
- Political operative Roberto Caldero pleaded guilty today in a corruption case involving ex-Alds. Dany Solis. Prosecutors previously said Caldero relied on Solis to help an Ohio company win a billion-dollar custodial services contract from CPS and secure a street and park named after some members of the Cacciatore family.
- For our Fall 2022 guide, Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper shares the upcoming movies he can’t wait to see. From ‘Pinocchio’ to ‘The Woman King’, ‘Black Adam’ and ‘Till’, check out the full movie list here.
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Artist says this mashup in a Pilsen mural of birds and feathers and a beam of light is about ‘paying attention to nature’
The pictures on the wall are somehow jumbled together, with what looks like an eyeball in a puffy cloud from which emerges a flash of greenish light that seems to radiate amid a group of birds and wandering feathers.
It may sound abstract, but Rodrigo Oñate, the artist who created the 2020 mural, says its message is simple.
“The mural is about paying attention to nature,” says Oñate, who lives in Mexico and paints under the name Rocodrilo. “And keeping an eye out for species, caring for our natural environment.”
Teresa Magaña, executive director of the nonprofit Pilsen Arts and Community House, which organized the project, sees the painting’s message to 21st Street and Ashland Avenue a little differently.
“I have a solution: keep us together,” Magaña says.
Not just in the sense that the neighborhood opposes gentrification in Pilsen, which has been heavily Mexican American and working-class, but “keeps us cohesive,” she says.
“These animals and creatures merge at some point,” Magaña says. “There is a harmony.”
You can read more about Oñate and his work in our full artist story here.
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Yesterday we asked you: what’s the coolest trick you’ve ever taught your pet?
Here’s what some of you said…
“She can bump me with her front paw, or if I ask for a back bump, she’ll turn around and kick with her back paws. People always laugh. — Nick Viton
“My late Border Collie Mia, was pulling my journal off the porch and bringing it to me. Oh how I miss her. — Ed Volpi
“I taught my parrot to whistle, don’t worry, be happy.” —Joeann Keefner Hanna
“I taught my dog sign language.”— Amy Wyner Feldman
“To listen better than my husband.” —Vee-nessa Mltn-Mojica
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