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Illinois becomes the 1st state to completely eliminate cash bail as part of a plan to "modernize" the criminal justice system.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on the new law, saying, "This legislation marks a substantial step toward dismantling the systemic racism that plagues our communities, our state and our nation."

House Bill 3653, which was signed into law on Monday, addresses the systemic racial bias that imprisons more Black males than any other race.

The law requires that all police officers wear body cameras by 2025, bans all police chokeholds, and sets new guidelines for "decertification" of "bad" police officers.

But critics of the bill say it is anti-police, and they predict that police officers will leave the profession in droves.

"Because we are sworn to protect and serve the public, we sincerely hope that we will not be proven right about this new law, that it won't cause police officers to leave the profession in droves and handcuff those who remain so they can't stop crimes against people and property," wrote the Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition in a statement to Fox News on Wednesday.

Illinois State Sen. John Curran, a Republican, said the legislation was "rammed through in the middle of the night".

And Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy said in a statement Monday, "Every police association in the state has condemned this bill."

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A gunman shot and killed four people in a shooting spree that stretched from Chicago to Evanston, Ill., north of the city, on Sunday.

Police say Jason Nightengale, 32, randomly shot four people before he was killed by police.

The shooting rampage began in Chicago's Hyde Park section, where Nightengale shot a 30-year-old man in the head, killing him. The gunman then drove a short distance, where he fatally shot a security guard after asking to use a phone at an apartment building in the Kenwood neighborhood.

In the same building, the gunman fired on a 77-year-old woman who was checking her mailbox. She is listed in critical condition at a hospital, Fox 32 reports.

Nightengale then took an elevator to the 19th floor of an apartment building, where he threatened a person and later stole their car. He drove to a convenience store, where he robbed it, killing a 20-year-old man and critically wounding an 81-year-old person in the process, Fox 32 reported.

After exchanging gunfire with police, Nightengale fled the area in the stolen vehicle. About 19 miles north, police received 911 calls reporting a gunman at a local pharmacy.

Nightengale fled from the pharmacy to a nearby IHOP restaurant, where he took a woman hostage and shot her. She is hospitalized in stable condition.

Officers eventually shot and killed Nightengale in the parking lot of a Dollar General store.

Nightengale's sister wrote on Facebook that he "hadn't been in his right mind for a long time," the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

"But for the brave conduct of Evanston police officers, many more people would have been injured," Chicago police Supt. David Brown told the Sun-Times.

In addition to the 5 deaths, dozens of people were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has canceled Thanksgiving for the city's residents amid the rising Covid-19 positive tests.

"This is serious life and death," Lightfoot said during a press conference on Thursday, saying the city is "doing what is necessary" to slow the spread of the virus that causes no symptoms to mild flu symptoms in 99.4% of cases.

Lightfoot imposed a 30-day stay-at-home advisory for people to refrain from traveling home for the holidays, or having guests in their homes, as the Covid-19 fear mongering continues.

The advisory was issued "in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 positive tests and hospitalizations in the city."

Lightfoot said, "We are sounding the alarm that we are at this inflection point where we have to do more than we've already done."

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Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is being sued for sex assault and harassment by the same female cop he was seen kissing the night he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in a drunken stupor.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep behind the wheel of his car last year.

Johnson, who was promoted to superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years. He was just weeks away from retirement when he was canned.

Before officers found Johnson slumped at the wheel, he was spotted at a bar kissing Officer Cynthia Donald.

On Thursday, Donald filed a lawsuit claiming Johnson sexually harassed her after having her reassigned to his unit.

She said he sent her nude photos, forced her to engage in sex acts and sexually harassed her at work.

Donald said Johnson told her he was attracted to her. Three months later, he pushed her onto a couch, pulled down her pants and "forcibly" performed oral sex on her. Afterward, he ejaculated on her, and said: "Now you belong to me."

Ofc. Donald claimed Mayor Lightfoot "retaliated" against her after she found out about her affair with Johnson in 2016.

During a press conference to announce Johnson's termination on Dec. 2, Lightfoot refused to release details of his relationship with Ofc. Donald, saying she wanted to protect his wife and three children.

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Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured above, 2nd from right) were married in 2017. A scowling Mayor Lightfoot is pictured at left.

Johnson is also a defendant in a lawsuit filed by disgraced actor Jussie Smollett against the city of Chicago in 2019. Smollett was sued by the City for over $390,000 for wasting the police department's time and resources investigating his lies about a hate crime.

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Members of violent street gangs in Chicago have formed a "shoot on sight" pact to execute police officers who draw their weapons on suspects.

Chicago, which has the highest national average of officers being shot or killed, is home to multiple factions of street gangs who are "actively searching for" and filming police officers, according to an FBI report.

Chicago-based FBI agents released an August 26 "situation information report" that details the gang activity, ABC7 reported.

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The report states: "members of these gang factions have been actively searching for, and filming, police officers in performance of their official duties. The purpose of which is to catch on film an officer drawing his/her weapon on any subject and the subsequent 'shoot on-sight' of said officer, in order to garner national media attention."

According to police superintendent David Brown, there is an overall "sense of lawlessness", and the "danger to police officers is real and increasing."

Brown continued: "I think it's bigger than a suggestion. I think 51 officers being shot at or shot in one year, I think that quadruples any previous year in Chicago's history. So I think it's more than a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops."

"We need police officers and as community members we need to push back fervently against lawlessness," Brown said.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed to arrest rioters who went on a looting spree in downtown Chicago after news of a police-involved shooting in the city's Englewood neighborhood.

Mayor Lightfoot joined Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and city officials at a news conference following a night of unrest reportedly due to a police-involved shooting in Englewood, a neighborhood in Chicago. The 20-year-old victim is in stable condition at a hospital.

After the shooting, a crowd gathered on the South Side, The Loop, Mag Mile and the Gold Coast areas. Social media posts encouraged "a caravan of cars" to go loot downtown. 400 officers were dispatched to the downtown area.

Social media videos shows looters ransacking stores and fleeing with cash registers. In one video, a stolen Audi was rammed into a Tesla dealership. More than 100 looters were arrested on Sunday night.

Superintendent Brown said the looting happened on Sunday night because there were no consequences after the George Floyd riots. Very few criminals were prosecuted after previous riots in May and June.

Mayor Lightfoot was heated, as she called the rioters "felony criminals," and she instructed one reporter not to "bait" her and the police chief with loaded questions.

"This was not protected First Amendment speech," Mayor Lightfoot said. "This was not poor people engaged in petty theft to feed themselves. This was straight-up felony criminal conduct."

The mayor said the shooting in Englewood was not a driving factor in the looting last night. She said the looting was "deeply painful" for residents and merchants, and she thanked the police for their professionalism.

The former prosecutor urged law enforcement to put their best officers on the investigation into the looting.

"To those who engaged in this criminal behavior, let's be clear, we are coming for you... You have no right to take and destroy the property of others."
 

 

 

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and President Trump have reached an agreement to accept federal assistance with ongoing violence that's ripping her city apart.

On Tuesday, the mayor's office said President Trump "reached out to Mayor Lightfoot this evening to confirm that he plans to send federal resources to Chicago to supplement ongoing federal investigations pertaining to violent crime."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports "The conversation was brief and straightforward," according to the statement.

Lightfoot vowed to file a federal lawsuit if Trump sent federal troops into her city to combat spiking gun violence that left hundreds of people wounded and dozens dead, including multiple children.

Lightfoot reportedly backed down and reached an agreement with Trump after local church and civic leaders told her to stop playing politics with children's lives.

"Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney's office. The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans."

She said she didn't want a repeat of the chaos in Portland, Oregon, where Trump sent federal officers in unmarked vehicles to sweep protestors off the streets this month.

Trump will deploy hundreds of troops to Chicago and also to Albuquerque, New Mexico to quell the violence that erupted in those cities after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the police department. Crime has risen 40% in Minneapolis as a result.

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President Trump vowed to send federal troops to Chicago after a bloody weekend of violence left 63 shot and 12 people killed, including two children.

Tensions between Trump and the mayor of Chicago erupted after he tweeted about the ongoing violence in her city.

Trump vowed to send federal troops to the Democratic stronghold this week to quell the violence.

"How about Chicago? Would you say they need help after this weekend?" Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. "You know the numbers that you hear, the numbers? Many, many shot. Many, many killed."
 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she had concerns about federal troops who disrupted Antifa and Black Lives Matter uprisings in Portland, Oregon over the weekend.

"I have great concerns about that in particular, given the track record in the city of Portland," Mayor Lightfoot said.

Federal agents in unmarked cars ambushed startled protestors in Portland and took them to unknown locations over the weekend.

Unlike the National Guard, federal agents have more powers to arrest and detain people who trespass or commit crimes on federal property.

"I have talked to the mayor of Portland (and) we don't need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the street and holding them, I think, unlawfully," Lightfoot added.

At least 18 Chicago police officers were hospitalized after hundreds of protesters - many holding black umbrellas to shield their identities, assaulted police with frozen water bottles, rocks, and other projectiles as they tried to take down the statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park on Friday.

Mayor Lightfoot blamed "a group of vigilantes" who came to Chicago "for a fight, not a peaceful protest."

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Chicago experienced its deadliest day in the city's history as 18 people were gunned down in a 24 hours. 18 people died on May 31, while the city was ransacked by looters amid the George Floyd protests.

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Gang bangers and other lawbreakers took to the streets armed with guns while police were distracted with the protests.

Among those killed were John Tiggs, (pictured) a father of three, who was gunned down inside a Metro PCS store while trying to pay his cellphone bill.

Angelo Bronson, 36, a father of two, was shot when a bullet fired from a passing car hit him in the chest. He was in town visiting family, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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College student Lazarra Daniels, 18, (pictured) was fatally shot around 10:51 p.m. Her body was found in the middle of a street.

"We've never seen anything like it, at all," Max Kapustin, Crime Lab senior research director told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kapustin added that "I don't even know how to put it into context. It's beyond anything that we've ever seen before.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded with Walmart and Target not to abandon the city after looters vandalized the big box stores.

After a conference call with Walmart and other retailers that were targeted by looters, Lightfoot said she pleaded with the retailers to reopen and not abandon Chicago.

The stores are closed indefinitely - putting hundreds of employees out of work - after looters stole merchandise and set fires inside the buildings in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"I think in the case of Walmart, what they were focused on was assessing the damage," said Lightfoot, who added the retailers are donating "fresh produce" and other perishables that weren't taken by looters.

There were earlier reports that Walmart would reopen all stores trashed by looters and vandals, but company officials later said some stores will remain closed permanently.

They didn't say which neighborhoods will be affected.