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Stories by Matt Masterson

Chicago Police Sergeant Implicated in Beating of 2 Men Outside Bar

Injuries sustained by Tomasz Stacha, left, and John Sherwood after a September 2018 attack outside the Andersonville bar @mosphere. (Courtesy Cavanagh Law Group)

An off-duty sergeant and suburban officer allegedly beat two men in an unprovoked attack outside a gay bar in September. But weeks after they were identified, no criminal charges have been filed.

Suburban Police Chief Charged With Distributing Sexual Recordings

Christian Daigre (Chicago Police Department)

A Chicago police spokesman is calling allegations against the Chicago Heights Park District police chief “egregious” and, if proven, “a disgraceful abuse of power and trust.”

Jason Van Dyke Makes First Court Appearance Since Murder Conviction

Jason Van Dyke (Courtesy Rock Island County Jail)

Defense attorneys for the Chicago cop convicted of second-decree murder in the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald are asking a judge to toss out the convictions or grant a new trial.

Judge Delays Ruling on Request to Toss Charges in McDonald Conspiracy Case

From left: Former Chicago Detective David March, officer Thomas Gaffney and former officer Joseph Walsh attend a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A Cook County judge will decide next week whether she’ll grant a request to dismiss charges against three Chicago police officers accused of working to cover up the shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald, less than a month before they are set to face trial.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Claims Chicago Police Framed Him for 2000 Murder

(Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

The lawsuit claims nine Chicago cops “withheld exculpatory evidence, manipulated witnesses, and misdirected the investigation” in order to frame an innocent man for the murder of a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy.

CPS Enrollment Drops to 360,000 Students

New data shows enrollment at Chicago Public Schools dropped by just over 10,000 students since last year. The district is now in danger of losing its title as the third-largest school district in the country.

Englewood Gang Members Face Federal RICO Charges in Wave of Killings

Members of the Goonie Boss gang faction face federal racketeering and murder charges stemming from nearly a dozen Englewood killings between 2014 and 2016.

The Trial of Jason Van Dyke is Over, But His Appeal Has Not Yet Begun

From left: Special prosecutor Joe McMahon, attorney Daniel Herbert and his client, Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, attend a hearing Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

Legal experts weigh in on Jason Van Dyke’s impending appeal as the Chicago police officer returns to court next week for the first time since his second-degree murder conviction.

‘Functional Explosive’ Devices Sent to Homes of Obama, Clinton

Chicago police say there are no known local threats

Officers with the Uniform Division of the United States Secret Service talk at a checkpoint near the home of former President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Chicago police say there are no known threats to the city and they are in “real-time communication” with the Secret Service after explosive devices were reportedly sent to former President Barack Obama and other high-profile politicians.

Chicago Officers to be Equipped with Narcan Through New Pilot Program

NARCAN® Nasal Spray (Courtesy of Adapt Pharma)

The Chicago Police Department will outfit officers in a half-dozen South and West Side districts with an opioid overdose-reversal medicine as part of a $2 million federal grant.

Chicago Man Charged With Aiding ISIS Through Social Media

A North Side man allegedly used Twitter, Facebook and other social media applications to spread propaganda, recruit operatives, encourage terrorist attacks and provide aid to ISIS.

Madigan, Emanuel Announce 4 Finalists to Oversee Chicago Police Reform

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

A retired judge, a former U.S. prosecutor and a local firm reviewing Chicago Public Schools’ response to sexual misconduct are among the finalists to oversee police reforms in the city.

LGBTQ Publication Suing Illinois Prison Officials Over Censored Materials

(Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

Local attorneys filed a suit on behalf of the Chicago chapter of Black & Pink – a nonprofit that offers prisoners news updates on LGBTQ issues through a monthly newsletter and other publications.

New Partnership Will Give Stateville Inmates a Chance to Earn NU Credits

Northwestern University faculty meet with students at Stateville Correctional Center. (Courtesy Northwestern University)

A first-of-its-kind program in Illinois allows inmates to earn college credits and liberal arts degrees inside the maximum-security prison some 40 miles from Chicago.

COPA Releases Footage of Off-Duty Officer Shooting Unarmed Teen

A still image from surveillance footage released Tuesday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability shows the shooting of an 18-year-old by an off-duty Chicago police officer in August 2017.

New video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed, developmentally disabled teen as he stood outside a Far South Side home late last summer.

GoFundMe Campaign Started to Support Van Dyke Family

Tiffany Van Dyke, center, watches as verdicts are read in the murder trial of her husband, Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A fundraiser started by one of Jason Van Dyke’s trial attorneys has raised more than $43,000 in one week to support the family of the suspended Chicago police officer.

McDonald Cover-Up? How Van Dyke Verdict May Affect Police Conspiracy Trial

The scene of the Laquan McDonald shooting taken on the night of the fatal incident is shown on a screen to jurors during the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Chicago Police Department)

Jason Van Dyke is the first Chicago police officer to be convicted for an on-duty shooting in 50 years. Sentencing and an appeal are sure to follow, but as that case comes to a close, another is yet to begin.

Jason Van Dyke Transferred From Cook County Jail Amid Safety Concerns

Jason Van Dyke (Courtesy Rock Island County Jail)

The suspended Chicago police officer, who was convicted last week in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, is being sent to Rock Island County Jail nearly three hours away.

Van Dyke Prosecutor Joseph McMahon Reflects on High-Profile Trial

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Prosecutor Joseph McMahon delivers closing statements to the jury on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 as Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, far left, watches. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

The special prosecutor in the Jason Van Dyke murder trial talks with us about one of the highest-profile cases in Chicago history.

‘I Feel That We Gave a Good Verdict’: Van Dyke Jurors Speak Out After Trial

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke is led out of the courtroom following the verdict announcement Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Jurors explain how they came to their decision in the high-profile murder trial.

Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder

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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, reacts to the verdict on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. His lead attorney, Daniel Herbert, sits beside him. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A 12-person jury has found Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder for the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Jury Deliberations Begin in Jason Van Dyke Murder Trial

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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens to closing arguments Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

After nearly three weeks of witness testimony from police officers, medical and law enforcement experts, and police Officer Jason Van Dyke himself, the 12-person jury began deliberations in the high-profile murder case.

Closing Arguments in Jason Van Dyke Murder Trial Set for Thursday

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke appears in court Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Jurors heard from more than 40 witness over the past two-plus weeks, including emotional testimony from Jason Van Dyke himself. On Thursday, they’ll hear closing arguments before beginning their deliberations.

Jason Van Dyke Takes Witness Stand, Tearfully Recounts Fatal Shooting

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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke takes the stand on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

The suspended Chicago police officer spent more than an hour on the witness stand Tuesday, recounting how and why he killed teen Laquan McDonald in 2014. Updates from the high-profile murder trial.

Firearms Training, PCP Take Focus as Van Dyke Defense Preps for Week 3

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, right, and his attorney Daniel Herbert stand before the judge’s bench Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Jurors on Thursday learned how officers, including suspended Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, are trained in the use of firearms as the second week of the high-profile murder trial came to a close.