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No One in Custody Over Chicago's Weekend Shootings, 12 Murders

Sensitive - Gangs - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:50

After 74 people were shot over one of the city’s most violent weekends in more than two years, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson pleaded with the community to come forward with information to hold people accountable for the carnage, including 12 fatalities.

“You all know who these individuals are,” a frustrated Johnson said at one point.

But the fear and discomfort in reporting on neighbors is real. And the police are not trusted by many people in the affected communities.

“I think it is disheartening that we are at Tuesday after the weekend we had without anyone being charged,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told the Tribune in a phone interview. “The feeling that people can do this with impunity makes the work that much more difficult.”

On Tuesday, the Police Department refused to release current data on how many homicides and shootings it solves — known as clearance rates — telling the Tribune to file a Freedom of Information Act request.

Detective division sources interviewed Tuesday by the Tribune said they absolutely need community help to solve shootings and homicides. They were also sensitive to fears that residents have of cooperating with police.

“It’s understandable,” said one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he didn’t have the department’s permission to speak. “It’s a dangerous thing to be a murder witness in the neighborhood where the murders are taking place.”

 

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Chicago Plans to Send Hundreds of Officers into Areas Plagued by Shootings

Sensitive - Gangs - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:18

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Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson announced Tuesday that hundreds of additional officers will be put on the streets this week in neighborhoods wracked by shootings as the city reels from its bloodiest weekend this year.

The “strategic deployments” will add 430 officers to five South Side and West Side police districts: Calumet, Gresham, Ogden, Harrison and Austin.

The supplemental manpower will be increased to about 600 this weekend, though it’s not clear how long the deployments will last, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

 

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L.A. County Sheriff Announces Inquiry Into Deputies' Secret Societies

Sensitive - Gangs - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 15:33

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has launched a comprehensive inquiry into secret deputy cliques and is looking into whether gangs that condone illicit behavior are operating within his ranks, he said Thursday.

McDonnell’s announcement at a meeting of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission comes two weeks after allegations surfaced that as many as 20 deputies at the Compton Station have matching tattoos featuring a skeleton holding a rifle, reports the Los Angeles Times.

A Compton deputy recently admitted under oath that he was inked with the skull logo in June 2016, about two months before he was involved in a fatal shooting, the Times reported.

McDonnell, who was elected in 2014 on a promise to reform a corrupt agency, said he is partnering with the Sheriff’s Inspector General and county counsel to study why the groups form, whether they are exclusive, if members are required to act a certain way, and if they endorse bad behavior.

 

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