Task Force Investigating Chicago Police Finds They're Racist, Ineffective at Their Jobs 

In 2015, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel assembled an independent task force to investigate city police when protestors demanded he resign around his mishandling—cover-up?—of Lauan McDonald’s fatal shooting by cops, which was captured on video. Now their scathing report is here, detailing how racism led to rampant police…

The Prosecutors in Laquan McDonald and Tamir Rice's Cases Lost Their Jobs Last Night

On Tuesday, prosecutors Anita Alvarez and Tim McGinty, who worked the cases of Laquan McDonald and Tamir Rice in Chicago and Cleveland, respectively, were voted out in their primaries. Their losses are a victory for Black Lives Matter, a movement whose cultural reach will continue to be tested—and hopefully proven—at…

Anita Alvarez, State's Attorney Who Lagged On Charging Laquan McDonald's Killer, Ousted By Opponent Kim Foxx

Anita Alvarez—the State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois who has grown nationally famous for her reluctance to charge 68 police officers involved in fatal shootings—has lost her race to keep her job tonight to Kim Foxx, an opponent from Cabrini Green whose express goal was to “bring back integrity to our criminal…

Anita Alvarez Didn't Charge 68 Cops in Fatal Shootings, Still Wants Your Vote 

In Chicago, the Laquan McDonald fallout continues as election day comes for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez on Tuesday. She’s under fire for waiting over a year to charge McDonald’s killer, and now The Daily Beast reports that Alvarez has failed to file charges against police officers in 68 fatal shootings,…

Steely Black Lives Matter Activist Disrupts Press Conference to Call For Rahm Emanuel's Resignation

A Black Lives Matter protester named April Goggans disrupted the United States Conference of Mayors on Wednesday in Washington D.C. to call for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation. Goggans waded onstage with a “Resign Rahm” sign and calmly stood there as a variety of people in suits tried awkwardly to get her to…

Rahm Emanuel Gives a 'Healing' Speech, as Chicago Residents Protest Outside

On Wednesday, embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke publicly about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald inside the Chicago City Hall Chambers, while locals protested outside its doors, some of whom were reportedly frustrated that the speech—which was intended to be open to the public—was overcrowded due…

Cop Charged With the Murder Of Laquan McDonald Walks Out of Jail Thanks to Police Fundraising

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, imprisoned for fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, left jail on Monday night. Although charged with first degree murder for McDonald’s death, Van Dyke was released after less than a week of incarceration because, according to his lawyer, he “[doesn’t] pose a flight…