In the latest skirmish over privacy in the cellphone age, a federal magistrate in Chicago said the FBI hadn’t presented enough facts in its application that would justify sweeping “intrusions,” including any specific information about those who might be living at a residence or their connection to a child pornography investigation.
More than 100 Ruger pistols were swiped in a 2015 break-in of a railroad car at the Norfolk Southern rail yard in Chicago, one of at least five such thefts in recent years. Some complain that railroads don’t do enough to safeguard gun shipments.
In a policy speech focused on a violence epidemic that “corrodes our core,” Rahm Emanuel announced plans to add nearly 1,000 cops over the next two years, to focus on job growth in minority neighborhoods, and to initiate a three-year, $36 million plan to expand youth mentoring programs.
Many have come to view the rampant violence in low-income neighborhoods as a consequence of the city’s failure to invest in those who live there. There aren’t enough jobs, and the young people vying for them are unprepared because of gaps in schooling and upbringing. One advocate says violence and youth joblessness are “tragically intertwined.”
John Bills was convicted of masterminding one of the most brazen City Hall corruption cases in Chicago’s storied history of graft. He was kingpin of a vast bribery scheme linked to growing the city’s controversial $600 million network of red light cameras into the largest in the nation.
Police shooting deaths of African-Americans in Chicago and elsewhere are putting black officers on the defensive — forced to answer for the actions of fellow law enforcement officers. “I’m on both sides of the fence depending on what day it is,” says one longtime cop.
Federal authorities have failed to bring civil rights charges against even a single officer in 702 police shootings, 215 of them fatal, in the past 15 years. “Maybe it’s a question of their priorities,” says a prominent Chicago civil rights attorney.