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    CHICAGO (CBS) — Facing the prospect U.S. Attorney John Lausch could be forced to resign by the end of the month, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden to keep her longtime friend in place until the U.S. Senate confirms a successor, saying “it makes zero sense” for Lausch to be removed from office before then. Earlier this month, the Justice Department called on all U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Donald Trump to submit their resignations by Feb. 28. READ MORE: We Do Not Stick Strictly To Those Phases: Arwady On Why Some Chicago Neighborhoods Are Allowing Anyone 18 And Over To Get A COVID Vaccine At an unrelated news conference on Tuesday, Lightfoot — a former federal prosecutor — said she understands all U.S. Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, but nonetheless said she hopes President Biden allows Lausch to stay on the job until...
    BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors may seek life in prison for a man charged in the fatal shootings of a couple found dead in a suburban Chicago garage in December. Timothy Triplett of Waukegan, Illinois, faces two counts of first-degree murder for the Dec. 8 deaths of Carlos Rodas Perez, 52, and Mercedes Rodas, 49, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office said in a statement. Triplett, who’s being held at Lake County Jail on a $5 million bail, was scheduled for arraignment Monday. It wasn't clear if he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Triplett, 34, was arrested and charged Jan. 13 in the killings in Beach Park, a Lake County village located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Chicago. Prosecutors said Thursday they may seek a sentence of life in prison if Triplett is convicted in the killings, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “I commend...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A teenage suspect has been indicted in federal court on charges that he violently carjacked someone in Skokie last summer. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Omarion Franklin was indicted by a grand jury Monday in the carjacking of an Infiniti G35 sedan in Skokie on July 12 of last year. Franklin, 18, is charged with one federal count of carjacking, which could result in 15 years in prison if he is convicted. Franklin was in custody Tuesday. Arraignment has yet to be been scheduled. A troubling spike in carjackings has intensified in the months since Franklin’s alleged crime. January ended with more than 150 carjackings. Last week, U.S. Attorney John Lausch and FBI Chicago Special-Agent-in-Charge Emmerson Buie told CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey that if someone gets caught carjacking, they are going to be pushing harder than ever to make it a federal case. Also From CBS...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot personally wrote to a judge, asking him to not sanction the lawyer in the case of Anjanette Young, who was naked when her home was wrongly raided by Chicago Police.  Initially, the City Of Chicago sought sanctions against Keenan Saulter after CBS 2 obtained disturbing police body camera video of the raid. The city also unsuccessfully asked the judge to prevent CBS 2 from broadcasting the story.  Later, the city dropped the motion to sanction Saulter, but Mayor Lightfoot took the unusual step of writing federal District Court Judge John Tharp on Friday, after he indicated last month he might still punish Saulter even after the city withdrew its request. “I write to ask the court to not seek sanctions against attorney Keenan Saulter in the above matter,” Lightfoot wrote in the letter, dated Jan. 15, 2021. “Since the city withdrew the ill-advised [motion]...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — This week, a growing number of national Republican lawmakers have pledged to take their final stand to contest presidential election results. Despite no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud, 11 U.S. senators and around 140 House Republicans are expected to vote against the Electoral College count slated for Wednesday. And as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and the rest of the 117th Congress raise their hands and swear in for 2021, the next step in the general election between President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump looms right around the corner. On Wednesday, an official count of electoral votes will be conducted at a joint session of Congress – a tradition, and law, that started over a century ago. State by state, congressmen and senators will be given the chance to object to their state’s results – which historically does not happen often. But this year is...
    Chicago (CNN)Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday that all the officers involved in a botched Chicago police raid last year have been "taken off the street" and placed on desk duty while the city's Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigates.Lightfoot's move comes a day after the top attorney in the city's law department, Mark Flessner, announced his resignation following outrage over the incident. Flessner's office, which reports to Lightfoot, asked a federal judge to stop CNN affiliate WBBM from airing footage of the raid."I sought and received his resignation yesterday," Lightfoot said in a news conference. "I firmly believe that justice delayed is justice denied. And frankly there is no excuse that this matter has languished for a year without any significant movement on the part of COPA (the civilian oversight board)." Behind the mistaken raid by Chicago Police on an innocent social workers homeMeanwhile, the social worker whose home was...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's top attorney Mark Flessner has resigned after trying to block release of a video showing a botched Chicago police raid last year.Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Sunday that she accepted the resignation of the corporation counsel effective immediately. Mayor Lightfoot will hold a press conference Monday afternoon to address the resignation.RELATED: Woman whose home Chicago police wrongfully raided says she feared for her life, relates to Breonna TaylorLightfoot went on to thank Flessner for his service, but also said "I am committed to a full review of everything that occurred surrounding this incident, will take corrective action where appropriate, and will hold people accountable."The resignation follows a botched Chicago police raid that occurred last year.Last week, it came to light that the city's law department tried to block the police body cam video of the raid on an innocent woman's home from being released.WATCH: Bodycam video sheds...
    Chicago’s top attorney resigned on Sunday as city officials deal with the aftermath of a botched police raid of the home of a Black woman, who was not permitted to put on clothes before being handcuffed.  Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner announced his resignation in an email to employees, noting that he got involved last week with the case related to the police footage of a February 2019 wrongful raid into the home of social worker Anjanette Young. “It is clear that the raid of Anjanette Young’s home was a tragedy that we must learn from,” Flessner said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “Standing up for racial injustice and fighting for equality within our justice system are crucial matters that we must continue to work toward addressing as a community.” The attorney did not say whether he was asked to resign. “I’m resigning because of the firestorm around...
    By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago’s top attorney resigned Sunday in the fallout of a botched police raid on the home of a Black woman who was not allowed to put on clothes before being handcuffed. Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner announced the move in an email to employees, saying he was only recently involved with the legal case connected to police video of the February 2019 wrongful raid on the home of social worker Anjanette Young. Flessner did not say if he was asked to resign. “It is clear that the raid of Anjanette Young’s home was a tragedy that we must learn from," Flessner said in a statement. “Standing up for racial injustice and fighting for equality within our justice system are crucial matters that we must continue to work toward addressing as a community.” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Sunday she accepted Flessner's...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was sworn in for her second term Monday, and immediately traded barbs with Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police.Foxx to a shot with the Chicago police union as she laid out her top legislative priority."I think in the wake of what we've seen in the murder of George Floyd and the concerns in the city that relates to the consent decree, people want to make sure there's police accountability, so our top priority is working with the attorney general on police licensing," she said.The head of FOP Lodge 7 said with murders skyrocketing this year, Foxx should focus her attention there. He called the licensing effort retaliation for the union's support of her opponent Pat O'Brien."Since she wants to pick that fight, along with some other people in this state, and she wants to join that chorus, bring it on," said FOP...
    Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx vowed to focus on criminal justice system reform as she was sworn in for a second term on Monday. Foxx, the first black woman elected to the Chicago prosecutor position four years ago, talked about how she will now prioritize substance abuse and mental health issues as well as her work to combat a rise in violent crime in the Windy City during the pandemic. "We will work to continue to fix the broken criminal justice system," Foxx said, according to the Chicago Tribune. Today I was sworn in to serve the people of Cook County as your State’s Attorney for a second term.While there is still much work to do, and I cannot wait to get started, I'm immensely proud of the incredible strides we’ve made in just four short years. pic.twitter.com/k4gekd8QWS— State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (@SAKimFoxx) December 7, 2020 On Twitter,...
    SAN DIEGO – Three Mexican citizens were charged in federal court in San Diego for allegedly trafficking large amounts of drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel, what authorities called the largest cash and narcotics seizure in San Diego history. the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California reported in a statement Tuesday. Jesus Burgos Arias, 32, from Chula Vista; Juan Alatorre Venegas, 44, from Tijuana; and José Yee Pérez, 54, were arrested in a joint operation with local and federal authorities on Friday. According to the prosecution, agents seized approximately $ 3.5 million in cash, 685 kilograms of cocaine, 24 kilograms of fentanyl and approximately 20,000 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition and hundreds of bulletproof vests from a truck parking lot in Otay Mesa. In a raid on a truck depot in Otay Mesa, federal agents seized 1,510 pounds of cocaine and 52...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Remember Candace Clark, the accused serial scammer at the heart of many of our CBS 2 investigations? She was back in court on Thursday. And as CBS 2 Investigator Dorothy Tucker reported, there was a new twist – the first thing Clark did was fire her attorney. Because of the pandemic, Cook County courts are live-streamed over YouTube – so the judge and attorneys all appear on video. Clark’s case was called around 10 a.m. – you’ll have to imagine it, because the courts do not allow us to show the video. But those who were present for the live stream saw Clark’s bed. The entire time Clark was in virtual court, she was doing so from a messy bedroom – in what will come as no surprise from a woman who is full of theatrics. When Tucker first met Clark, she was the star of a...
    CHICAGO — Kim Foxx has taken a commanding lead in the race for the Cook County state’s attorney position despite facing a stiff challenge from Patrick O’Brien. Foxx, the incumbent and a Chicago native, was first elected to the post in 2016, her victory celebrated by activists who saw her as ushering in a new era at the State’s Attorney’s Office. But since then, she’s faced sharp criticism on a national level — while also being commended for reforms she’s enacted. The race has pitted Foxx, a reformer and Democrat, against O’Brien, who ran as a Republican and positioned himself as a tough-on-crime candidate. It showed divisions in how Chicagoans want the city to tackle its issues with violent crime. It also showed a divide between the city, which overwhelmingly voted for Foxx, and suburban Cook County, which leaned toward O’Brien. Overall, Foxx was ahead of O’Brien by 236,000 votes...
    EAST GARFIELD PARK — Newly released records show that less than 2 percent of people arrested in the first half of 2020 received access to an attorney while in Chicago Police custody, according to a legal watchdog group. Watchdog groups had been pressuring police to turn over the records since June to no avail. The police department finally released the data just days after First Defense Legal Aid filed a legal complaint asking a judge to force the department to make the records public. The data shows that years of slow improvements in enforcing the constitutional right to an attorney have come to a grinding halt, in spite of the Consent Decree and other reforms to the Chicago Police Department. “It is my opinion that these reform efforts are disingenuous and a way to quell pressure and dissent,” said Damon William of the #LetUsBreathe Collective. “The fact that there’s...
    No one intervened when R. Kelly was beaten in a Chicago prison in late August, the musician's attorneys said. "No one raised a finger" to stop the attack, they said in a Friday court filing. The attacker, who identified himself as Jeremiah Farmer, "roamed a great distance within the [Metropolitan Correctional Center] before carrying out that act, without any opposition. It is undisputed that, as a result, Mr. Kelly has suffered significant physical and psychological injuries." Kelly was arrested in 2019 on 13 counts of federal child pornography, racketeering, and obstruction. The singer also faces a separate five-count indictment from the Eastern District of New York that charged him with racketeering, and he previously faced 10 charges of criminal sexual abuse. After the attack, Farmer said that he had "physically beaten Mr. Kelly in [an] attempt to shed media spotlight" on his own case. A report from the Bureau...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- "Now you know you belong to me."With those seven words, Chicago police Officer Cynthia Donald said her boss, then-CPD superintendent Johnson, finished a forced sex act on her and commenced more than three years of physical and mental tumult.Supported by vivid sexual descriptions, Donald on Thursday filed a 33-page lawsuit in Cook County court that alleges she was sexually assaulted by Johnson on a regular basis, and forced to work in a hostile environment. Donald said that the city's top cop referred to her as "his girl.""He made it clear to Officer Donald that she had to follow his orders, which included engaging in unwanted sexual activity with him, in order to keep her job" her attorney said on Thursday.She frequently worked as Johnson's driver, chauffeuring him to official functions, police events and crime scenes.At an afternoon news conference, Donald and her legal team said that Johnson...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Chicago family is demanding justice after a hit-and-run driver left their father in a medically-induced coma and fighting for his life.Family said 46-year-old Kevin Ballog had just gotten off a CTA bus at Belmont and Cumberland in the city's Belmont Terrace neighborhood on Sept. 23 around 8 p.m. when he was struck by a car. The driver who hit him, who was in a dark-colored SUV or truck, did not stop."He is not doing good," his daughter Briana Nuno said. "He is still on a ventilator. He is still fighting for his life."Ballog was struck in the head by a side mirror. An off-duty paramedic who was in the area rushed over to help him until first responders could arrive."She took it upon herself to immediately grab and put him in as much of a holding as she can," said Robert Fakhouri, attorney for the family....
    (CNN)Almost two years after an Illinois police officer fatally shot a Black man working as a security guard, the state's attorney's office announced no criminal charges will be filed against the officer."After an extensive and thorough review of the police-involved shooting resulting in the 2018 death of Jemel Roberson, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office (CCSAO) has concluded that the totality of the evidence is insufficient to support criminal charges against Midlothian Police Officer Ian Covey," the news release from the attorney's office states.Confusion and anger after security guard holding suspect was shot by police, video showsThe decision comes after months-long protests against police brutality, particularly against Black people, and just over a week after none of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor's shooting were charged with causing her death. "I am acutely aware in this age of civil unrest that police-involved shootings are viewed under a microscope, as...
    Attorney General Bill Bar spoke recently with Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass and went off on Democrats over “mob violence,” mail-in voting, and the idea that President Donald Trump will refuse to leave office and “seize power” if he loses. The focus of the interview was rising crime in cities across the country, particularly Chicago. Barr teed off on the “so-called resistance” going after the Trump administration and said, “There undoubtedly are many people in the government who surreptitiously work to thwart the administration.” He said the mob violence happening is cities “is another very disconcerting development” and went after the Democrats in particular, saying, “Increasingly the message of the Democrats appears to be ‘Biden or no peace.'” At one point Kass asked Barr about the election. Barr said, “As an attorney general, I’m not supposed to get into politics.” He went on to say, “I think we are...
    ILLINOIS – The Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, was visiting Chicago on Wednesday where he presented an update on the results of “Operation Legend” in the city. “In the first five weeks of” Operation Legend “in Chicago, murders decreased by 50%, in those weeks, in August there was a 43% reduction in murders compared to July,” said Barr. During his visit to Chicago, the United States Attorney General highlighted the work of the federal agents sent to this sector, something that according to him has not been highlighted by the Chicago leadership. To which Mayor Lori Lightfoot responded: “Your statements are incorrect, we started to see a decrease in shootings and homicides in July and the first additional federal agents arrived in Chicago on August 3, I think they have not dispatched everyone yet. In addition, the mayor sent...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Attorney General William Barr said Operation Legend has resulted in hundreds of arrests in Chicago as he gave an update on the federal crime-fighting initiative Wednesday morning.Since the program launched in July, Attorney General Barr said more than 500 people have been arrested and 124 people have been charged with federal crimes.Operation Legend has deployed 1,000 federal agents to nine cities, including 400 to Chicago.RELATED: Operation Legend Chicago targets ex-cons with gunsEMBED More News Videos The I-Team has uncovered new details on "Operation Legend," the federal initiative to turn the tide of gun violence on the streets of Chicago. In the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, Barr said murders dropped by 50 percent over the previous five weeks."The bottom line is Operation Legend has played a critical role in cutting Chicago's murder rate roughly in half since before the operation," Barr said.RELATED: Operation...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Attorney General William Barr said Operation Legend has resulted in hundreds of arrests in Chicago as he gave an update on the federal crime-fighting initiative Wednesday morning.Since the program launched in July, Attorney General Barr said more than 500 people have been arrested and 124 people have been charged with federal crimes.EMBED More News Videos US Attorney General William Barr gives an update on Operation Legend in Chicago. Operation Legend has deployed 1,000 federal agents to nine cities, including 400 to Chicago.RELATED: Operation Legend Chicago targets ex-cons with gunsEMBED More News VideosThe I-Team has uncovered new details on "Operation Legend," the federal initiative to turn the tide of gun violence on the streets of Chicago. In the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, Barr said murders dropped by 50 percent over the previous five weeks."The bottom line is Operation Legend has played a critical...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Attorney General William Barr said Operation Legend has resulted in hundreds of arrests in Chicago as he gave an update on the federal crime-fighting initiative Wednesday morning.Since the program launched in July, Attorney General Barr said more than 500 people have been arrested and 124 people have been charged with federal crimes.Operation Legend has deployed 1,000 federal agents to nine cities, including 400 to Chicago.RELATED: Operation Legend Chicago targets ex-cons with gunsEMBED More News Videos The I-Team has uncovered new details on "Operation Legend," the federal initiative to turn the tide of gun violence on the streets of Chicago. In the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, Barr said murders dropped by 50 percent over the previous five weeks."The bottom line is Operation Legend has played a critical role in cutting Chicago's murder rate roughly in half since before the operation," Barr said.RELATED: Operation...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Attorney General William Barr will be in Chicago Wednesday morning to give an update on the federal crime-fighting initiative known as "Operation Legend."Since that program launched in July, federal charges have been filed against more than 100 people in Chicago. The operation is also underway in eight other cities across the U.S.RELATED: Operation Legend Chicago targets ex-cons with gunsEMBED More News Videos The I-Team has uncovered new details on "Operation Legend," the federal initiative to turn the tide of gun violence on the streets of Chicago. The Department of Justice operation involves hundreds of federal agents in Chicago conducting large scale, counter-gang investigations involving confidential informants, covert aerial surveillance and dangerous street work, according to officials.RELATED: Operation Legend ATF mobile ballistics van comes to ChicagoEMBED More News VideosExclusive: Crime Gun Intelligence Mobile Command Vehicle rolls into Chicago. What are they doing in there?
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBS Chicago/CBS New York/AP) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James has moved to empanel a grand jury to investigate the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man from Chicago whose death at the hands of police in Rochester has sparked nightly protests and calls for reform there. In a statement, James said, “The Prude family and the Rochester community have been through great pain and anguish. My office will immediately move to empanel a grand jury as part of our exhaustive investigation into this matter.” Prude, 41, was a Chicago resident visiting Rochester on March 23, when his brother called the police because he was having a mental health issue. From there, the moments leading up to his eventual death were all captured on police body camera. Daniel Prude, died in police custody in March. (Credit: Police camera video) The body cam video shows Rochester...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The lawyer for R. Kelly said Thursday the R&B singer, who is awaiting trial on child pornography and other charges, was assaulted by a fellow detainee at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Attorney Steve Greenberg revealed in a tweet that he learned of the attack on his client Wednesday. Greenberg says he has received conflicting information on the extent of Kelly’s injuries. “We have not been provided any information from the jail, nor has Mr. Kelly called,” Greenberg wrote. “We are hopeful that he was not seriously injured.” READ MORE: R. Kelly, His Lawyers Fail To Appear In Hennepin County Court A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, citing privacy and safety reason, wouldn’t confirm or deny Greenberg’s report of the attack on Kelly. Kelly, 53, faces several dozen counts of state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New...
    R. Kelly was the target of an attack by another inmate while in federal lockup, according to his attorney. In a statement to Fox News on Thursday, Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, said: “Yesterday we were told that an inmate had attacked R Kelly at the MCC in Chicago. We received conflicting reports as to the extent of his injuries. We have not been provided any information from the jail, nor has Mr. Kelly called. We are hopeful that he was not seriously injured." Greenberg went on to say Kelly should be released, stating that the 53-year-old's safety is in question. R. KELLY'S REQUEST FOR EARLY RELEASE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS DENIED BY JUDGE "Regardless, it is time to release Mr. Kelly," Greenberg's statement continued. "The government cannot ensure his safety, and they cannot give him his day in court. We should not incarcerate people indefinitely because we cannot provide them with due process.” Kelly, whose real...
    The special prosecutor investigating how Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx carried out the Jussie Smollett hate hoax investigation has found “substantial abuses of discretion” in Foxx’s actions. Early in 2019, the former Empire star claimed that he was attacked by MAGA hat-wearing racists who beat him and poured bleach on him in downtown Chicago in the dead of night during below zero weather. But a Chicago police investigation claimed that Smollett invented the attack. Smollett was arrested and charged with the fraud. But Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx quickly dismissed the case and released Smollett, dropping the charges. Foxx’s rush to release Smollett sparked a special investigation into her actions, led by Dan Webb, who began investigating the case. Webb found a number of transgressions committed by Foxx and her office. While Webb demurred in finding that Foxx broke any laws during her involvement in the case, he still noted that many of...
    By Brendan O'Brien CHICAGO (Reuters) - The leader and 22 members of the Black Disciples street gang have been arrested and charged with drug and gun trafficking on Chicago's South Side, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Among those arrested was alleged gang leader Darnell McMiller, 34, who is charged with distributing fentanyl-laced heroin in September 2019. The Black Disciples are a national street gang that is prevalent throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, the U.S. Attorney's Office says. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch told a news conference that law enforcement seized firearms, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl after the multi-year investigation. Lausch said the probe was active well before the start of Operation Legend, a Trump administration initiative that last week sent federal agents to Chicago and other major cities to tackle violent crime. The third-largest city has seen a spike in violent crime this summer,...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A purported leader of one of Chicago's largest street gangs and more than 20 other alleged gang members face drug and gun trafficking charges in federal criminal complaints unsealed on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Darnell McMiller, who prosecutors say is the current leader of the Black Disciples, is accused of conspiring to distribute fentanyl-laced heroin on the city’s South Side. There are more than 4,000 members of the Black Disciples gang in Chicago, the Chicago Crime Commission estimates, though many aren’t active. The gang that formed around 1970 also has branches nationwide. The complaint offers no details about McMiller’s alleged role as gang leader. Prosecutors successfully targeted heads of Chicago’s main gangs in the 1990s, splintering gangs into hundreds of smaller, less disciplined factions. Charging documents say the investigation of McMiller, who went by the nickname “Murder,” was aided by a gang member cooperating with authorities. The evidence...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The alleged leader of the Black Disciples and 22 others were charged in a massive federal investigation into drug and gun trafficking in Englewood. “We are here to announce a big win,” said Chicago Police Supt. David Brown. “This is a big win for our team, and for the people of the South Side of Chicago.” The multi-year investigation involved the seizure of 24 guns, more than 13 grams of cocaine, more than a kilogram of heroin, more than 1,350 grams of fentanyl-laced heroin, about 750 grams of plain fentanyl, about 378 grams of crack cocaine, as well as suspected MDMA pills and $52,595 in illicit cash proceeds. Brown noted that fentanyl can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and fentanyl-laced heroin is often a deadly combination. “It sends a message to those criminals that we are not going to tolerate violence in our...
    THREE men are the first charged with federal gun charges as part of President Donald Trump’s Operation Legend, which will deploy federal agents to help local law enforcement fight “violent crimes” in the city. The arrest of three men came in the city of Chicago, as the US Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois revealed the suspects are the first to be charged under the new federal initiative that started in early July. 4 President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that as apart of Operation Legend, hundreds of federal agents would go to Chicago to help local law enforcement fight 'violent crimes' in the cityCredit: Alamy Live News According to the US Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois the names of those arrested are Darryl Collins, 30, Romeo Holloway, 21 and Darryl Phillips, 22. Collins is  charged with one count of illegal possession of ammunition by...
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would not allow President Donald Trump to send federal police officers to quell protests in the city of Chicago. Lightfoot said, “This is not about working with the Trump administration. For decades now in major cities across the country, FBI, DEA, ATF, those agents have been in our districts and work in concert with local law enforcement to help support a number of efforts, not the least of which is violence in our cities. So the opportunity presented itself under the management of the U.S. attorney here. I stress that because that’s unlike what we saw in Portland, where the Trump administration parachuted in these additional federal agents without consulting anybody locally and ignoring the local U.S. attorney.” “Very different circumstance here in Chicago,” she continued. “I have drawn a very hard line. We’ll not allow federal troops in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Three people have been charged with federal offenses as part of "Operation Legend," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.In early July, Attorney General William Barr announced the creation of a nationwide law enforcement initiative intended to send federal resources to states and cities seeing a recent surge in violent crime, according to an Associated Press report.The charges are the first federal prosecutions in Chicago under "Operation Legend."RELATED: President Trump sending 'hundreds' of federal agents to Chicago as part of anti-violence effort; Mayor Lightfoot says focus will not be protesters"Operation Legend has strengthened our efforts to apprehend and charge illegal gun offenders in Chicago," said U.S. Attorney Lausch in a statement. "Under Operation Legend, we are working closer than ever with the Chicago Police Department, ATF, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to arrest and prosecute individuals engaging in violent crime in the city."Darryl Collins,...
    WASHINGTON (CBS) — President Donald Trump and other officials on Wednesday formally announced the arrival of federal troops to fight crime in Chicago as part of Operation Legend. U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch Jr. joined President Trump and Attorney General William Barr to announce the initiative. It described Operation Legend as “a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.” The operation was launched in Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday, July 8, as President Trump promised to assist cities that have seen spates of violence. The operation is named for LeGend Taliaferro, who was shot and killed as he slept early on June 29 in Kansas City. Under the operation, Attorney General Barr has directed the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,...
    HIDDEN – After being confined within a psychiatric hospital, a convicted sexual predator is free in California and could be in northern San Diego County. This is Cary Jay Smith, 59, who authorities describe as a highly dangerous person and for whom Governor Gavin Newsom was even asked to intervene to find his whereabouts. Smith was released from Coalinga State Hospital last week, but previously was at Patton Hospital in San Bernardino. He has been hospitalized for the past 20 years after his wife provided a letter to a psychiatrist detailing the sexual acts he wanted to perform on a 7-year-old boy in a Costa Mesa neighborhood. In 1985, Smith had to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor involving a minor, which was removed in 2005. Since then, Smith’s custody has been evaluated every six months at hearings where, according to authorities, he testified...
    U.S. Attorney John Lausch, Jr. announced Friday that the federal government had discovered that electric utility ComEd had been paying bribes and providing favors to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, the state’s Democratic kingpin. Though Madigan was only identified as “Public Official A” in the announcement, his identity was unmistakable in what federal officials called “old fashioned patronage system,” as ABC 7 Chicago reported earlier: For most of the last decade the powerful Speaker of the Illinois House, Rep. Michael Madigan, secretly benefited from bribes that electric utility ComEd now admits paying, according to criminal charges filed Friday by the U.S. Attorney in Chicago. Madigan, a southwest side state representative since 1971, was not charged in today’s filing, but is clearly implicated in the scheme. … Prosecutors state that the person identified as House Speaker Madigan “sought to obtain from ComEd sweetheart contracts and money for himself and various associates “such as...
    Hundreds of protesters in the Chicago area will have charges against them dropped in the wake of national unrest that was sparked following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx said while violent offenders, which include some looters, will be prosecuted, up to 817 protesters who had minor charges against them will be off the hook. “Those 817 represent nonviolent offenses, offenses that in some cases would be considered ordinance violations outside of the statute," Foxx said. "Also, they don't involve crimes of violence or allegations involving a victim.” About 200 offenders will continue to face charges related to looting, which Foxx plans to prosecute. Foxx cited a lack of budgetary resources to extend full prosecutions of minor incidents, according to Chicago's Fox 32. She cited the same reasoning after she made the decision not to prosecute shoplifters caught with less...
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