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Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probe

Jun. 21, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in...

'I was wrong': Officer who shot 911 caller gets 12½ years

Jun. 7, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 said Friday he "knew in an instant that I was wrong" and apologized to her family, just moments before a judge brushed off a defense request for leniency and ordered him to prison for 12½...

Attorneys for cop who shot 911 caller seek creative sentence

Jun. 6, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911 are asking a judge not to send him to prison, proposing instead that he report to jail for a week each year on the woman's birthday and the anniversary of her...

1st black woman sworn in as Chicago mayor; vows big reforms

May. 20, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trail about top-to-bottom reforms in the nation's third largest city. "For years, they've said Chicago ain't ready...

Illinois lawmakers vow to fix lapses in child welfare system

May. 7, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the state's Department of Children and Family Services, which has been haunted for decades by deaths wrought of abuse and neglect and is in the spotlight again following the beating death of a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy with a long...

Report: Chicago officer distraught after killing black teen

Apr. 25, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A white former Chicago police officer convicted of killing a black teenager was emotionally distraught in the days that followed the 2014 shooting, according to a newly released psychologist's report. The report was among nearly 90 unsealed court filings related to Jason Van Dyke's...