Black children made up more than 50% of kids who were handled forcibly by police, though they’re only 15% of the U.S. child population.
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R. Kelly is scheduled to appear via video in Chicago court Wednesday, weeks after being convicted in Brooklyn. The hearing could answer some lingering questions.
Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed as he jogged through a neighborhood near Brunswick, Ga. in 2020. On Monday, the murder trial is set to begin for the three men accused of killing him.
Chicago watchdog submits his report on the city’s handling of the botched police raid of Anjanette Young’s home
The inspector general’s office says its investigation into the raid’s aftermath is complete, but may not be publicly released for months.
It’s the latest twist in the fight between the city of Chicago and the main police over the vaccine mandate, which took effect Friday.
The Fraternal Order of Police says it will fight the vaccine mandate in court, even as hundreds of police officers around the country have died from the virus.
Flawed datasets have labeled more than 130,000 people as gang members. Soon they might be able to challenge it.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan would let the Police Board write appeal rules, but aldermen delayed a vote, saying details are lacking.
Chicago Park District CEO Michael Kelly resigns over lifeguard scandal.
A new database examines carjacking trends in Chicago and the suburbs.
Led by a Northwestern medical school professor, the two-year initiative aims to equip street outreach workers with “resilience” training.