Posts Tagged ‘chicago crime’
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
The Chicago Tribune reported that a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled today that Illinois’ eavesdropping law “likely violates” the First Amendment and ordered that authorities be banned from enforcing the law.
The ruling from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago is the largest blow yet to the law, known as one of the strictest in the country. The current law makes it illegal for people to audio record police officers in public without their consent.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Sometimes a robber chooses the wrong victim and everything backfires. This was the case with a robbery in downtown Chicago last Friday.
A 50-year-old woman chased her robber for almost a mile, cornered him in an alley and then gave him a lecture. She must be in awesome shape.
The woman was riding a Chicago Transit Authority bus in the Loop just after midnight when police said Jenar Sanders, 18, swiped her wallet from her purse. He then jumped off the bus at Huron and State streets and took off, but he wouldn’t get very far.
Trailing Sanders, the woman alerted others as she ran down the street, according to the Chicago Tribune. The CTA bus driver and a hotel staff member at the Omni Hotel called the police.
The race came to a quick halt when police said Sanders ended up cornered in an alley off Superior Street between Wabash Avenue and Rush Street, surrounded by the victim and others who had joined the chase.
“She kept telling him God didn’t want him to steal her wallet,” a police source told the Tribune. (more…)
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Attorneys for the plaintiff, Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez, say they believe the award made Tuesday is the largest ever by a U.S. jury in a wrongful conviction case.
“Sometimes the criminal justice system makes a mistake,” said Jon Loevy, one of Jimenez’s attorneys. “In this case, we proved that’s exactly what happened.”
Indeed the criminal justice system does make mistakes. Many people are behind bars for crimes they did not commit. I just watched a program where an imprisoned man could not get help through the regular channels. He hired a private investigator who eventually dug up the truth, which turned out to be a cover-up. The man was given another trial and he was found not guilty. He had spent about 20 years in prison.
Most wrongfully convicted people are not fortunate enough to be exonerated, let alone receive the type of reward Mr. Jimenez received. Of course, you can’t put a price tag on someone’s life. You can never give back what that person lost.
The jury, after sitting through a two-week trial at the Dirksen Federal Building, deliberated for about a day. Given how quickly the jury deliberated, the evidence must have been overwhelmingly in Jimenez’s favor. (more…)
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Good luck quickly changed to bad luck for a Chicago man yesterday. He was lucky enough to win $10,000 and then very unlucky to have lost the money in a flash. This 62-year-old Chicago man was robbed of more than $10,000 he had won at a casino less than a half hour earlier.
Chicago police are investigating a report from a 62-year-old Chinese immigrant that two men robbed him overnight of more than $10,000 he won at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.
Police and fire paramedics responded to a call of an armed robbery in the 2200 block of South Princeton Avenue just after 2:15 a.m. There they found the victim with a bleeding cut on his forehead, police said.
The victim told police the attack happened as he returned home from a trip to the Hammond casino, where he won more than $10,000 in cash and casino chips, according to police and his son.
Mr. Chan only had to walk 20 steps from his car to his front door. As he walked to the front door of his Chinatown apartment, the victim said he saw two young men running toward him. The victim wasn’t able to get inside fast enough and was attacked by the two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, said police and the victim’s son, William Chan. (more…)
Monday, September 19th, 2011
Long a city with a reputation for withholding information, Chicago now wants to make public every crime over the past 10 years — a highly unusual move among the nation’s major police departments.
Millions of crime statistics dating to 2001 will be posted online in a searchable database, slated for a Wednesday launch, although a police press official told msnbc.com that could be delayed. It will be updated daily, providing fodder for residents to evaluate their own neighborhoods, academics to study crime and techie types to create websites or apps.
The release is the latest attempt by the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who took office in May, to make city dealings more open and counter Chicago’s reputation for entrenched systemic corruption and backroom deals. Chicago officials recently posted online the salaries of city employees, city contracts and lobbying data, with more information expected in coming months.
“It’s a whole new era of openness and transparency,” said Brett Goldstein, the city’s chief data officer and former police officer. “You determine your own analysis.” (more…)
Sunday, March 13th, 2011
We just finished with a bad winter and saw plenty of snow. Hopefully it will be the last of until the end of the year. In the mean time, I was hoping to prevent a different type of snow job from occurring to our customers and followers.
Monday, February 28th, 2011
Electronic pickpocketing isn’t newest technology out there, but it’s been exploited as possibly the easiest method for criminals to snatch your information. So easy, in fact, that the bad guys don’t really need to come into close physical contact with you, or your credit card information.
RFID (radio frequency identification) chips placed in cards to make checking out and paying for items less time-consuming are also open to savvy thieves. RFID is used by “pay wave” retailers; at the register, there’s no swiping and entering information–just wave the RFID-enabled card in front of a scanner and it’s done. It’s similar to electronic tolling on US highways.
Friday, February 18th, 2011
The Second City may be first city when it comes to surveillance, a fact that’s not escaped the ACLU. Chicago’s rise to becoming what may be the most well monitored city started in 2003 when the city’s strapped police department started installing “blue light” cameras in areas known for crime.
According to the Raw Story, there are some 1000+ cameras capable of picking up the text in a book.
While the official number isn’t exactly known, estimates state that there are over 10,000 security camera systems – public and private- in the nation’s third largest city. The existence of the camera systems has many crying “foul” over the city’s possible invasion of privacy. (more…)