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Chicago has made it into a fifth year without a police officer dying in the line of duty—the longest span since the 1860s, a WBEZ analysis has found. We looked at records of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. We found 566 duty-related deaths over a century and half. The most recent took place Dec. 29, 2011, when masked men robbed a West Side convenience store and shot down an officer who was working as a security guard. Since then, Chicago officers have gone more than 49 months without a fatality. Hear what experts are saying and see a fascinating chart here:
The city hasn’t had an officer die in the line of duty since 2011 — the longest span since the 19th century.
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The new chief of Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, the agency that probes shootings by Chicago police, says she wants to hear out an investigator who was terminated by her predecessor after refusing orders to change findings that officers were at fault in several cases.
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The agency that investigates Chicago police shootings is beginning a week of training led by a controversial psychologist, WBEZ has learned. Independent Police Review Authority investigators today are starting a five-day course led by Bill Lewinski, head of the Minnesota-based Force Science Institute. Lewinski has testified about at least seven shootings by Chicago officers. Each time, he has invoked science as a justification. But some scientists have raised flags about his research. Civil-rights attorneys say he's the wrong person for the training. My report: http://bit.ly/1NWWVds
Staffers of Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority are beginning a week of training led by a controversial psychologist who often testifies in support of officers who have shot civilians, WBEZ has learned.
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A Chicago investigator who determined that several civilian shootings by police officers were unjustified was fired after resisting orders to reverse those findings, according to internal records of his agency obtained by WBEZ. His dismissal came less than two weeks after Independent Police Review Authority managers, evaluating his job performance, accused him of “a clear bias against the police.” Since its 2007 creation, IPRA has investigated nearly 400 civilian shootings by officers and found one to be unjustified. Here is my report: http://bit.ly/1JbHMDq
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Undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as kids are making gains. Many are now eligible for work papers and driver’s licenses. But when it comes to paying for college, they still face big barriers. In Illinois, undocumented students are ineligible for financial aid from either the state or federal government. To get their degrees, they have to get creative. Here's my story about a Mexican-born 22-year-old who is trying to pay for a semester at a community college by competing in a beauty pageant: http://bit.ly/1SvH6ve
In Illinois, students in the country illegally are ineligible for financial aid from either the state or federal government. One ;Arlington Heights student is trying to pay for her next semester by competing in a Chicago beauty pageant.
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In his reelection campaign, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking credit for a slight decline in the city’s homicide rate. But a WBEZ investigation raises a question about the murders that are still happening: Is the city doing enough to put the killers behind bars. Emanuel has allowed detective ranks to decline during his term even as internal police records show some of the lowest murder clearance rates in decades. Our story explores those rates through the eyes of city detectives and a mother who lost her 18-year-old daughter in an unsolved case last October. http://www.wbez.org/news/under-emanuel-more-unsolved-murders-fewer-detectives-111750
In his reelection campaign, the Chicago mayor takes credit for a slight decline in homicides. But a WBEZ investigation raises a question about the murders still happening: Is the city doing enough to put the killers behind bars?
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Hiring workers based on race or sex is illegal, but companies across the country are skirting the law by contracting out their discriminatory hiring to temp agencies. The first weekly episode of Reveal shows how the companies use code words to carry out the discrimination. The hour also includes a story I reported about a labor organizer who leads a fight to expose the discrimination by drawing from a painful lesson he learned in childhood. In Chicago, hear the show Sunday at 1 p.m. on WBEZ, 91.5 FM. In other cities, check the listings of your public radio station. I'll post instructions for downloading the podcast on Monday.
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POLICY THREATENS POLICE-BRUTALITY INVESTIGATORS WHO REFUSE ORDERS TO CHANGE THEIR FINDINGS: We have some new questions about a Chicago office that looks into police wrongdoing. Last month we brought you the story of an investigator the Independent Police Review Authority fired after he resisted orders to change findings that several shootings by officers were not justified. Now we’ve learned the office has changed its procedures. Some investigators worry that the changes could hide police misconduct. Here is my WBEZ report: http://bit.ly/1DGawUd
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Chicago shootings and murders are up this year. In many cases, police officers are having a hard time finding witnesses willing to talk. This is not a new problem. It’s a reason Chicago helped pioneer what’s known as community policing — the sort of crime fighting that focuses on trust between officers and residents. But a cornerstone of the city’s approach is crumbling. That cornerstone consists of meetings that bring together residents and cops in police beats across the city. Turnout at those meetings has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2002 and, according to internal police numbers obtained by WBEZ​, it has dropped every year since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office. http://www.wbez.org/news/despite-tensions-city-lets-police-community-meetings-dwindle-112340
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A Chicago police detective cleared of all charges after fatally shooting an African American woman says justice was served. But the woman’s supporters say the detective deserved to go to prison. They’re slamming the acquittal and the way the case was prosecuted. Here's my report for WBEZ. https://soundcloud.com/wbez/servin-trial-feature-150421-cm-with-intro
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In Chicago’s election Tuesday, Jesús “Chuy” García’s defeat was a blow to people hoping for the city’s first Latino mayor. But, if you look more closely at the vote, you see Latino gains: Two more Hispanics on the City Council, more diversity among them, and vows to hold Mayor Rahm Emanuel more accountable in his next term. Below is my WBEZ report. Special thanks to Charlie Billups for photos of Milly Santiago (right), who holds a 131-vote lead over Ald. Ray Suárez (31st Ward) with nearly all ballots counted. https://soundcloud.com/wbez/behind-chicagos-mayoral-results-latinos-make-gains
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Behind Chicago’s mayoral results, Latinos make gains
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RAHM, CHUY TO COMPETE FOR BLACK VOTES: As Rahm Emanuel and Jesús “Chuy” García face off in a Chicago mayoral runoff, they’ll try to win over Willie Wilson’s supporters. He finished third last night. I spoke with Wilson backers to see which way they might be leaning now. Here is my WBEZ​ report. (Photo by Charlie Billups/WBEZ) https://soundcloud.com/wbez/in-chicago-mayoral-runoff-candidates-to-compete-for-black-votes
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I tell stories over the radio and the Internet. I draw from more than two decades as a reporter and editor in the U.S. Midwest and Latin America.
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I report investigative, feature and breaking news in a range of audio and digital formats for WBEZ Chicago. Topics include housing, immigration, labor, policing, politics, public health and schools. My base is a bureau on the city’s West Side, inhabited mostly by low-income blacks and Latinos. The Chicago Headline Club this year named me the best reporter in Chicago-area radio.
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