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
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 6 ¾ years in prison Friday for the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.
January 18, 2019
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
The family of 26-year-old Jemel Roberson has filed a lawsuit seeking damages of more than $1 million.
November 13, 2018
U.S. District Judge James Peterson sentenced Thomas Caldwell, who sold dozens of guns without a license on a controversial website, to about three years in prison. Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot with one of the guns Caldwell sold.
November 2, 2018
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
Ten months later, and less than 5 miles away, off-duty Chicago police Officer David Harris, 42, was driving home after a late shift at work when he, too, died when a speeding car plowed into his vehicle at a South Side intersection.
January 3, 2018
Martin ended up with permanent disabilities that prevented him from returning to the field. However, the Board of Trustees of the police pension fund of Shiloh maintained that Martin did not have a line-of-duty injury.
December 11, 2017
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
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
A suburban Chicago police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran whom he shot with a beanbag gun at an assisted living facility.
February 5, 2015
Cook County prosecutors announced the charges on Wednesday, alleging that the Park Forest police officer was reckless in his use of less-lethal weapons in an attempt to arrest a 95-year-old man.
April 14, 2014
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
Springfield (Ill.) Police leaders defended an officer who subdued a combative, pregnant women by using the "drive stun" mode on his TASER during an argument in a Best Buy parking lot.
April 4, 2013
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