Chicago City Council Members Lash Out at Young Black Activists Opposed to Cop Academy

The No Cop Academy coalition, which is led by young black activists, convinced two aldermen to “defer and postpone” a vote on the measure on May 23.

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Multiple elected representatives in the Chicago City Council attacked the No Cop Academy coalition on May 25 before they voted for a funding measure for a $95 million police training complex. The No Cop Academy coalition, which is led by young black activists, convinced two aldermen—Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and David Moore—to “defer and postpone” a

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Activists Sue to Stop Vote on Funding for Chicago Police Compound

One of the attorneys representing the coalition, asserted the City of Chicago, through elected officials, “engaged in a series of acts designed to tamp down dissent, eliminate debate, and avoid discussion on funding issues related to this particular police facility.»

Chicago Police Compound

The No Cop Academy Coalition filed a complaint in a circuit court in Cook County to prevent a City Council vote on a funding measure for a $95 million police training academy. Attorney Brendan Shiller, who is one of the attorneys representing the coalition, asserted the City of Chicago, through elected officials, “engaged in a series of acts

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Campaign Successfully Stalls Vote on Funding Controversial Chicago Police Compound

Public comment at the proceedings was shut down. Activists and residents in attendance, who objected, were swiftly thrown out of the meeting. They planned to sue the city for allegedly violating the Open Meeting Acts.

Top photo | An artist's rendering of the city of Chicago's planned $95 million public safety training campus in West Garfield Park, to replace the city's police and fire training academies. (Photo: Chicago City Hall)

A coalition of activists led by young black people succeeded in postponing the vote on a funding measure for a $95 million police training academy, which the city of Chicago plans to build on the west side. Alderman David Moore and Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa exercised their right to defer and publish the ordinance for the compound. That

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Not My Job: Police Assert Workers’ Rights to not Wear Body-Cams

With the movement to outfit police officers with body-cams advancing, many departments have encountered pushback from their members. On some forces, resistance has centered on the issue of workers’ rights and a demand that body-cams be collectively bargained as a term of employment.

A Philadelphia police officer demonstrates a body-worn camera used as part of a pilot project in Philadelphia. (AP/Matt Rourke)

CHICAGO – As of this week, more than 7,000 of Chicago’s police officers are wearing body cameras while on patrol. According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago has the largest number of officers outfitted with the cameras and the department accomplished the task one year ahead of its projected schedule. That could be good news for a city wracked

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Chicago’s Homeless Go Into Hiding as City Cracks Down on Tent Cities

“People are in hiding literally because the city has, subsequent to the evictions, tossed out people’s tents and tossed out people’s tarps and done it in a patently illegal fashion.”

Chiacgo Homeless Tent City

As temperatures drop and the winter months near, the city of Chicago remains committed to ensuring homeless individuals are unable to erect “Tent Cities” in the Uptown area of the city near Lake Shore Drive. Authorities also contend the city has no obligation to offer alternative housing for homeless individuals. The Chicago Police Department is

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Chicago Police Accused Of Ruining Black Man’s Wedding Day

“On what should have been one of the happiest days of his life, plaintiff Joseph Baskins was instead subjected to a nightmare that would last three years,”

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, Chicago police officers line up outside the District 1 central headquarters in Chicago, during a protest for the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Special prosecutor Patricia Brown-Holmes announced Tuesday, June 27, 2017, that three Chicago police officers were indicted on felony charges that they conspired to cover up the actions of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of McDonald. The indictment, approved by a Cook County grand jury, alleges that one current and two former officers lied about the events of Oct. 20, 2014 when Van Dyke shot the black teenager 16 times. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty File)

An Illinois man claims three intoxicated, on-duty Chicago cops made racist comments and attacked him and his fiancée in a City Hall elevator, landing the man in jail on what was supposed to be his wedding day. “On what should have been one of the happiest days of his life, plaintiff Joseph Baskins was instead subjected to a nightmare that would

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