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ShotSpotter Alerts ‘Rarely’ Lead to Evidence of Gun Crime: City Watchdog

Adwoa Agyepong of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America speaks at a rally to end the city’s use of ShotSpotter technology on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. (WTTW News)

Fewer than 1 in 10 ShotSpotter alerts between 2020 and 2021 resulted in evidence of a gun-related criminal offense being found, according to a new report from Chicago’s independent watchdog.

Partner of Slain CPD Officer Ella French Makes ‘Major Step’ in His Recovery

Chicago police Officer Ella French and two male officers pulled over an SUV on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 near the intersection of 63rd Street and Bell Avenue, shown here on Monday, Aug. 9. (WTTW News)

Police Superintendent David Brown said Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. has been transferred from the intensive care unit into a rehab unit, weeks after he was shot multiple times during a traffic stop.

7 Killed, More Than 40 People Shot Over the Weekend in Chicago: Police

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown talks about city crime rates on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (WTTW News)

The victims included five people who were shot in the 3400 block of West Lake Street early Sunday, and six others who were shot Saturday evening in the 1600 block of East 87th Place.

Activists Call on Chicago Officials to Dump ShotSpotter Contract

People speak out against the city’s use of ShotSpotter technology at a rally on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. (WTTW News)

Activists and youth leaders are calling on Chicago officials to dump the city’s contract with gunshot detection company ShotSpotter, claiming the technology is unreliable and often leads to police being sent into communities on “high alert” for false alarms.

Chicago Man Held Without Bail in Fatal Humboldt Park Shooting

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Justin Cortes, 25, is facing a first-degree murder charge after he allegedly shot and killed Angel Figueroa, 38, in Humboldt Park earlier this month as the victim rode in a car with his girlfriend and daughter.

Attempted Murder Charge for Man Accused of Dragging Chicago Police Officer During Traffic Stop

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Jermaine Little, 35, was ordered held without bail after he was arrested on two counts of attempted first-degree murder along with charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault of a peace officer.

‘COVID is Not Gone’ City’s Top Doctor Says as CPS Classes to Resume This Month

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Chicago Public Schools will not require eligible students to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but once in-person classes resume Aug. 30, those who are unvaccinated and test positive for the virus must quarantine for 14 days.

Police Seek Help in Identifying Suspects in Fatal Shooting of 70-Year-Old Woman

A screen shot from surveillance footage published by the Chicago Police Department shows two suspects sought in the fatal shooting of Yvonne Ruzich. (WTTW News via Chicago Police Department)

Chicago police officials have released video of two suspects sought in connection with the fatal shooting of Yvonne Ruzich early Monday as she sat inside her car in the 13300 block of South Baltimore Avenue.

Court Order Bars City From Releasing Footage of Fatal Shooting of Officer Ella French

Chicago police Officer Ella French (@TomAhernCPD / Twitter)

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said the order bars “the city of Chicago and its entities” from releasing any materials related to the fatal shooting of police Officer Ella French under the Freedom of Information Act or the city’s transparency policy.

7-Year-Old Girl Among at Least 4 Killed Over the Weekend in Chicago

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Chicago police said the girl and her 6-year-old sister were each shot multiple times by an unknown suspect in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue around 2:50 p.m. Sunday. 

CPS to Require All Teachers, Staff to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

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With less than three weeks until in-person classes resume, Chicago Public Schools has announced it will require all teachers and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine by the fall.

No Bail for Chicago Man Accused of Choking Woman Inside Lincoln Park Store

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Kenyate Jackson will be held without bail after he allegedly followed a stranger into a Lincoln Park store in broad daylight, grabbed her and choked her for several minutes until a witness could pry him off the woman’s body.

Most Domestic Violence Hearings to be Held Remotely, Chief Judge Orders

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Chief Judge Timothy Evans issued an order allowing nearly all domestic violence proceedings to go forward by videoconference or teleconference, saying it’s being done “in order to better serve victims” in these cases.

Alleged Straw Purchaser of Gun Used to Kill Officer Ella French to Be Released from Jail

Chicago police Officer Ella French and two male officers pulled over an SUV on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 near the intersection of 63rd Street and Bell Avenue, shown here on Monday, Aug. 9. (WTTW News)

Jamel Danzy will be released from jail following his arrest on a federal charge earlier this week. The 29-year-old Indiana man allegedly acted as a straw purchaser to buy the firearm used to kill Chicago police Officer Ella French.

Suspect in Killing of Chicago Police Officer Ella French Held Without Bail

Chicago police Officer Ella French (@TomAhernCPD / Twitter)

The 21-year-old Chicago man who allegedly shot and killed Officer Ella French during a traffic stop Saturday has been ordered held without bail and remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the chest. His brother, who has also been charged, was held without bail during a separate hearing.

2 Brothers Charged in Fatal Shooting of Chicago Police Officer Ella French

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a news conference announcing charges in the fatal shooting of a Chicago police officer on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. (WTTW News)

Emonte Morgan, 21, and his brother Eric Morgan, 22, each face criminal charges stemming from the Saturday night shooting in West Englewood that left one police officer dead and another in critical condition.

Indiana Man Charged With Illegally Buying Gun Used to Kill Police Officer Ella French

Chicago police Officer Ella French (@TomAhernCPD / Twitter)

Jamel Danzy, 29, of Hammond, Indiana, was arrested Sunday and has been charged with conspiracy to violate federal firearm laws.

73 People Shot, 10 Killed in Weekend Violence Across Chicago

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There were more than 45 separate shooting incidents over the weekend, according to police, including two mass shootings and the killing of Chicago police Officer Ella French on Saturday night.

CPD Officer Arrested, Charged in On-Duty Shooting at Grand Red Line Station

Chicago police officers respond to Ariel Roman, who is seated on the ground moments after he was shot by a different officer inside the Grand Red Line station on Feb. 28, 2020. (Civilian Office of Police Accountability)

Melvina Bogard has been charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, more than 17 months after the shooting of Ariel Roman inside the Grand Red Line station.

Chicago Launches New Community Safety Coordination Center to Address Violence

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot said a new information and resource hub will bring city resources together under one roof so they can more readily address and prevent violent crime. Chicago has seen more than 2,000 shootings and 450 homicides so far this year.

Pritzker Announces Mask Mandate for Students, Staff at Illinois Schools

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With classes for students in pre-K through 12th grade set to resume across Illinois in the coming weeks, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday announced a mask mandate for all students and staff at public and private schools.

10 Chicago-Area Residents Charged in Bank Fraud Schemes

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Ten people from the city and suburbs face the potential of decades behind bars after they allegedly used counterfeit U.S. Postal Service money orders to fraudulently obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars from area banks.

Chicago Police Officer Charged in US Capitol Riot May Lose Job: Defense Attorney

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Chicago police Officer Karol Chwiesiuk, who was charged for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, may lose his job, his attorneys claim, because he’s been forced to turn over his firearm owner identification card as part of the conditions for his release from jail.

8 Killed, 51 Shot Over the Weekend in Chicago

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Fifty-one people were shot in 38 separate shooting incidents over the weekend. Chicago also closed out the month of July with 105 homicides, marking the second consecutive July in which the city has surpassed 100 killings.

Jussie Smollett Attorney Can Stay on Case Despite Conflict of Interest Concerns

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty at Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Pool / Chicago Tribune)

In a 10-page ruling, Judge James Linn ordered that Jussie Smollett may continue using attorney Nenye Uche to represent him in the actor’s disorderly conduct case, despite a push from Special Prosecutor Dan Webb to have Uche removed.

Suspect in Fatal Puerto Rican Day Shooting Allegedly Bought Plane Ticket Within 45 Minutes of Incident

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Anthony Lorenzi was held without bail Friday following his arrest earlier this month in San Diego. He has since been extradited back to Cook County on a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of 24-year-old Gyovanny Arzuaga.