This week’s first official “detainer” report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement included a list of 118 self-declared immigrant sanctuary cities. President Trump has threatened to strip federal funding from the localities, but the consequences for those on the list are a mystery.
Former Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, already charged with murder, has been indicted on 16 counts of aggravated battery in the controversial 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald. A law professor says prosecutors may be concerned that murder will be difficult to prove.
The new van is equipped with state-of-the-art forensic equipment to examine the markings left behind on casings expelled from fired guns, which can be matched to a database of crime-scene casings. It will travel to places where law enforcement might not have the resources to analyze ballistic evidence.
A Democratic state representative sent a letter urging Republican Gov. Rick Scott to use his emergency powers to replace the top officers and take state control of the privately managed Gadsden Correctional Facility, which houses 1,500 female inmates.
Among other things, officers failed to notice incriminating damage on a car used to run over the homicide victim. After voting to convict the victim’s wife of murder, jurors criticized the police investigation as “inadequate and a disservice to the citizens of Cleveland.”