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Judges to hear 5 cases of alleged tortureFlag burning and free speech French weekly publishes Mohammad cartoons Russia says... more
Just how secure are your first amendment rights?
Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at one group of Chicago police officers who believe they have the power to terminate first amendment rights "at any time"
http://youtu.be/issdCwXKGl0Just how secure are your first amendment rights? Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look... more
Jack booted thugs like this should NOT be police officers. It seems wee need to make sure our police know their place.
http://bit.ly/wLSLDiJack booted thugs like this should NOT be police officers. It seems wee need to make... more
Recently News Updates Ms Anne Hatch, 27, was the daughter of former Minnesota Attorney General Mr Mike Hatch. A Minnesota politician’s daughter Ms Anne Hatch who faced trial here following a dustup with Chicago Police ...Recently News Updates Ms Anne Hatch, 27, was the daughter of former Minnesota Attorney... more
Some Chicago mothers mark day with tears for slain children
By the CNN Wire Staff
May 9, 2010 8:43 p.m. EDT
Photo Caption: A newly unveiled sculpture at Chicago's St. Sabina Church commemorates slain children.
CNN -- For one group of women in Chicago on Sunday, Mother's Day was marked not with flowers, but with a stark reminder of their loss.
One by one, they filed toward a newly unveiled sculpture at the city's St. Sabina Church, placing small white cards emblazoned with names such as Blair Holt and Matthew Michael Rodriguez at the foot of the two figures in the sculpture.
For some of the women, the realistic work of a faceless, gun-wielding assailant killing a young girl was too much to bear, CNN affiliate WGN reported.
Instead of being celebrated by their children this holiday, these mothers were mourning the deaths of their children -- all victims of gun violence on Chicago's streets.
"Today, as I woke up, instead of what a lot of mothers get, which are flowers or Happy Mom's Day or a kiss, I didn't get any of that," said Maria Ramirez, whose son, Matthew, was killed at 16. "I don't even get to hear anybody say 'Mama' anymore. I'll never hear that again."
The sculpture's artist, J.S. Kenar, said he was trying to "show the pain, to show that something unhuman is going on here."
The city has been plagued by bloodshed on its streets this year, including a particularly deadly stretch last month in which seven people were killed and 18 wounded in a 12-hour period.
Statistics released Sunday by Chicago police show that while the overall violent crime rate has decreased by 11 percent this year, the city's homicide rate has risen 8 percent. As of Saturday, 127 killings have been recorded this year -- three more homicides than the 2008 yearly total.
"We cannot ignore the destructive nature of guns, and how their presence can escalate a volatile situation into a tragic one," police Superintendent Jody Weis said in a statement announcing the statistics.
Annette Holt knows firsthand how destructive gun violence can be to a family. Her son, Blair, an honor student at Chicago's Percy L. Julian high school, was shot on a city bus in 2007. He was killed in a hail of gang bullets when he jumped into the line of fire to save the life of a teenage girl. He was 16.
At Sunday's unveiling, Holt implored other mothers to do all they can to stop the cycle of violence.
"Do something to make a difference now before you're like us (and) your child is either in the cemetery for Mother's Day or birthdays, or your child is in jail for 100 years," she said.Some Chicago mothers mark day with tears for slain children By the CNN Wire Staff... more
Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent Jody Weis issued a new “deadly force” policy allowing cops to arbitrarily shoot drivers and passengers in vehicles to go into effect after this weekend.
“Effective next Monday, police officers will be able to fire their guns under circumstances where they previously could not,” Mike Krauser reports.
“Now officers will be able to fire upon the driver or passenger in a vehicle if that person is a forcible fleeing felon, someone who has committed a very serious offense resulting in bodily harm or has threatened to commit great bodily harm,” CPD spokesperson Roderick Drew told Mr. Krauser. “It gives department members the option of taking off a dangerous member, someone who has either created or committed a serious offense or could commit a serious offense if he or she is allowed to flee the scene.” (emphasis mine)
Mr. Drew said that whether or not someone “could commit a serious offense” is “up to the discretion” of the CPD “member”. Michael Sneed reports, “Critics claim the new policy is ‘ridiculous’ and the liability to the City of Chicago could be astronomical.”
Who would drive away from ‘CPD members’? Let’s not beat around the bush here. Ethnic minorities — and there are plenty in Chicago — are (in general) absolutely terrified of ‘CPD members’. An immigrant without “proper papers” might drive away. Someone simply uninsured might drive away. An ex-con with two strikes “illegally” talking on his cell phone while driving might drive away. This paragraph could go on forever.
As for the “discretion of the member”, a ‘CPD member’ shocked Lillian Fletcher — an 82-year-old, 5″1′ grandmother — with his Taser, sending 50,000 volts at her in 2007. Less than a year ago, a man fled from a ‘CPD member’ and was killed when the ‘member’ tased him. The man was being apprehended for drinking from an open bottle.
But, the CPD conducts thorough internal investigations for these ‘isolated incidents’, right?...Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent Jody Weis issued a new “deadly... more
Serious crime is up but arrests are down in Chicago, and some police officers say they are working the streets less aggressively out of resentment toward their new chief and fear of being second-guessed by him.Serious crime is up but arrests are down in Chicago, and some police officers say they... more