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Iowa man with guns at Chicago hotel 'didn’t mean to startle'

Jul. 23, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Iowa man arrested by Chicago police for having guns and ammunition in his hotel room overlooking a Lake Michigan beach told officers he “didn’t mean to startle anyone" and simply forgot to remove the firearms from a bag while packing for a trip to the city, police...

Garland vows crackdown on gun trafficking as violence surges

Jul. 22, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed Thursday that the Justice Department would crack down on gun trafficking corridors as part of a comprehensive approach to combat surging gun violence that also includes funding community intervention programs and other neighborhood...

Lawsuit seeks return of Columbus statue to Chicago park

Jul. 22, 2021 01:43 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Italian-American organization has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the Chicago Park District to return a Christopher Columbus statue to its pedestal in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood, officials said Wednesday. The statue in Arrigo Park on...

Chicago City Council approves new layer of police oversight

Jul. 21, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After years of protests over law enforcement misconduct, the Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a panel giving citizens more input on how the city’s police perform its duties. The panel is a compromise between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and activists....

Chicago cops hope money talks in new gun trafficking effort

Jul. 19, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department on Monday announced a new team of officers, prosecutors and federal agents that will target gun trafficking, an effort that depends heavily on people coming forward with information in exchange for money. At a news...

ACLU sues Chicago police for social media monitoring records

Jul. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union wants the Chicago Police Department to turn over records about a team formed last year to monitor social media. In a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, the ACLU wants the court to compel the department to...

Lawyer: Iowa man in Chicago to propose, not criminal conduct

Jul. 14, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for an Iowa man arrested in Chicago for having guns and ammunition in his hotel room said Wednesday his client was in the city to propose to his girlfriend, not to launch a mass attack. Jonathan Brayman said the baseless accusation against...

2 shootings in Chicago leave 10 people wounded

Jul. 14, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Five people were rushed to area hospitals after being shot Wednesday afternoon on Chicago's South Side, about 12 hours after another shooting elsewhere in the city wounded five other people, police said. Tom Ahern, a spokesman for the Chicago Police...

Chicago man charged in shooting of 2 federal agents, officer

Jul. 08, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal indictment filed Thursday charges a 28-year-old Chicago man in connection to a drive-by shooting of three undercover law enforcement officers, and it says the suspect told authorities he mistook the officers for rival gang members. The shooting...

Police: 3 undercover officers shot, wounded in Chicago

Jul. 07, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Three undercover law enforcement officers were shot and wounded Wednesday morning while driving onto an expressway on Chicago’s South Side, and detectives were questioning a “person of interest” about the shooting, police said. The shooting occurred...