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Duckworth, Senate Colleagues Introduce Bill to Help Prevent Police-Involved Deaths & Provide Justice to Families
June 21, 2019
The bill builds off of legislation introduced last Congress by Duckworth and U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Lacy Clay (D-MO). Assigning cases of police-involved deaths to external and independent prosecutors is a key recommendation of the Taskforce on 21st Century Policing, which President Barack Obama established after events in Ferguson, Missouri, and other communities revealed a severe breakdown in trust between police and the communities they serve. ... read more »
Jemel Hill and LZ Granderson Speak at USC
March 7, 2019
The USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism hosted a conversation event called “Waking Up with Jemel Hill and LZ Granderson,” where the two notable sports journalists talked about their careers and current news topics. ... read more »
Ex-Chicago Officer’s Sentencing Date Set in McDonald Murder
December 20, 2018
A judge has set a Jan. 18 sentencing date for a White former Chicago police officer convicted of murder in the shooting death of Black teenager Laquan McDonald. ... read more »
Success On “The Way” Ask Dr. Jeanette: ‘Lady Justice Cries!’ I Been Raped Too’
October 18, 2018
 Lady Justice is trying to figure out why her name has been raked through the coals; misunderstood abused, violated, ignored, denied her voice, falsely accused over uncountable years. “Yes, without her consent, amounting to “rape” figuratively. Lady Justice doesn’t even have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame acknowledging all she’s been through and how famous she is!? ... read more »
Chicago Verdict Raises Hope of Greater Police Accountability
October 11, 2018
A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A White officer stood before a mostly White jury and was convicted of killing a Black teenager. ... read more »
Jackson Marks 77th Birthday with 20th Annual Awards Gala
October 4, 2018
Civil rights icon continues decades-long fight for social justice ... read more »
Police charges show challenge of confronting code of silence
June 29, 2017
Another legal expert said that while she doubts the three officers would have been charged without the video, the fact that they were charged based on obvious discrepancies between their reports and the video sends a powerful message to both police and the public. ... read more »
A year after Laquan McDonald video, Chicago’s reforms uneven
December 1, 2016
Laquan McDonald's life seemed to be headed nowhere. A ward of the state who had been shuffled between relatives' homes and foster care, he was 17 when, high on the hallucinogenic drug PCP, he wandered down the street slashing tires with a knife. ... read more »
Chicago police recommend firing of 7 cops for false reports
August 25, 2016
Seven Chicago police officers should be fired for filing false reports in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, ... read more »
Judge to appoint special prosecutor in Laquan McDonald case
June 8, 2016
A special prosecutor will handle the case of a white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times ... read more »
Immense challenges ahead for Chicago area’s next prosecutor
March 23, 2016
The Chicago area's likely next top prosecutor handily unseated an incumbent on a wave of frustration over police shooting investigations, but even with that support she'd take over the job facing immense challenges. First-time candidate Kim Foxx ousted Anita Alvarez in this week's Democratic primary, as the re-election bid of the two-term Cook County state's attorney was dogged by criticism over her waiting a year to charge a white police officer in a black teenager's shooting death. ... read more »
Chicago teen’s death shines light on police code of silence
February 10, 2016
For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder. ... read more »
Relatives of 2 killed by Chicago police question shootings
December 29, 2015
Grieving relatives and friends of two people shot and killed by Chicago police said Sunday the slayings raised concerns about why officers "shoot first and ask questions later," saying the city failed residents even as a federal civil rights investigation has begun scrutinizing police practices. ... read more »
Family of teen shot by Chicago cop joins calls for change
December 16, 2015
The family of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer joined the call Friday December 11,  for change in local leadership and policing in the city and nationwide, ... read more »
It’s time for answers in Laquan McDonald case
December 10, 2015
There will be no justice for Laquan McDonald. He is dead, shot 16 times point blank by a Chicago police officer. Now, after over a year, ... read more »
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