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Judge Approves Order for Major Reforms at Chicago Police Department

The consent decree requires officers to document each time they draw their weapons—even if they don't actually fire—and tightens instances in which officers may deploy TASERs. It also requires the department to publish use-of-force data on a monthly basis.

February 1, 2019

Chicago Officers Found Not Guilty of Charges They Covered Up Laquan McDonald Shooting

Judge Domenica Stephenson repeatedly stated the state failed to prove conspiracy or obstruction of justice, saying mistakes do not equate to lying. She noted inconsistencies in witness testimony, a lack of proof that the three officers conspired to cover up the shooting and said other evidence in the case was "nothing more than speculation."

January 17, 2019

Wisconsin Man Who Illegally Sold Gun Used to Kill Chicago Officer Gets Prison Time
Video: Illinois Police Test New Device that Ensnares Resistive Subject

Video: Illinois Police Test New Device that Ensnares Resistive Subject

Police officers in Illinois are testing a new restraint weapon designed to fire an 8-foot Kevlar tether — at a range of up to 25 feet — that then ensnares resistive subjects in a high-tech lasso. When the device is activated, a 9mm blank propels the rope from the cartridge. The new handheld device — known as the BolaWrap — costs $800 and each tether cartridge costs $30.

August 14, 2018

Illinois Officer Sues Agency Over Pregnancy Discrimination

A Frankfort, IL, police officer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the police department refused to modify her duties when she became pregnant, wouldn't provide a protective vest that covered her growing belly and then forced her to take unpaid leave months before she gave birth.

September 22, 2017

Lawsuit Filed Against Fox Lake Officer's Estate

Lawsuit Filed Against Fox Lake Officer's Estate

A man who says he was "singled out" by police immediately following the September death of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz has filed a lawsuit against the officer's estate and the Village of Fox Lake, Illinois, his lawyer said in a statement Friday.

November 13, 2015

Video: Illinois Officer Faces Charges in Elderly Man's 2013 Death
Illinois Authorizes Concealed Carry

Illinois Authorizes Concealed Carry

Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry of handguns Tuesday, when lawmakers stopped a last-minute attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to veto the bill.

July 9, 2013

Video: Ill. Agency Backs Officer who TASERed Pregnant Woman

Ill. Cop Claims Discrimination

A veteran Peoria (Ill.) Police officer who previously claimed to be the target of a fellow officer's harassment now claims Chief Steve Settingsgaard and his command staff have retaliated against her for speaking out.

December 19, 2012

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