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Chicago aldermen reject settlement with McDonald witness

Jan. 14, 2020 12:53 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago aldermen have rejected a proposed $125,000 legal settlement for a woman who witnessed the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer. Some aldermen on Monday questioned why the city should pay Alma Benitez, who filed a federal lawsuit in 2016...

Chicago Police interim Superintendent Charlie Beck speaks during a press conference at police headquarters, Tuesday morning, Dec. 3, 2019 in Chicago. Beck says he’s getting oriented in the job, a day after Superintendent Eddie Johnson was fired and he took over the post. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago police halt controversial merit promotion system

Dec. 11, 2019 11:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s interim police superintendent is discontinuing a so-called merit promotion system that rank-and-file cops have long complained rewards officers for who they know and not what skills they have to do the job. In a letter to the 13,400-member department obtained by the Chicago...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, file photo,  Chicago Police Department Supt. Eddie Johnson, right, announces his retirement as Mayor Lori Lightfoot looks on during a press conference at CPD headquarters in Chicago. The unceremonious firing of Chicago's police chief just weeks before his retirement has rattled a department that, under his leadership, was seeking to restore public confidence. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago chief's firing again rattles confidence in force

Dec. 7, 2019 10:57 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The unceremonious firing of Chicago's police superintendent just weeks before his retirement has rattled a department that, under his leadership, was seeking to restore public confidence since the release of a 2014 video showing a white officer killing a black teenager with 16 gunshots. ...

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces the firing Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 of Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

Dec. 2, 2019 7:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent incident in which Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his car after having drinks. Named to the job in the...

Witness to Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting settles lawsuit

Nov. 29, 2019 6:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who witnessed the fatal 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer has settled her lawsuit against the city. Alma Benitez alleges in the federal lawsuit filed in 2016 that investigators tried to pressure her into changing her account of the shooting. Benitez was in...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, attends his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is no longer in a federal prison in New York, but authorities won't say where he was transferred or the reason he was relocated. The Illinois Department of Corrections confirms that Jason Van Dyke left the Otisville, New York, facility for another prison. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Chicago cop convicted in Laquan McDonald’s death moved again

Nov. 27, 2019 12:37 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A white former Chicago police officer convicted of second-degree murder last year in the 2014 death of black teenager Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times, is no longer in a federal prison in New York. Authorities won’t say where he was transferred or the reason he was relocated....