According to the head of the Chicago police union, the majority of members “does not want to work for Brandon Johnson as mayor,” and as many as 1,000 officers could leave the force.
According to John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge 7, union members’ morale is “in the basement,” and the mayoral election only increased members’ concerns.
“There was a lot of the membership waiting to see what would happen last night, and there is a lot of somber reality for members to choose between: do they stay or do they go?” Wednesday, he stated.
“And if several hundred of them leave within the next sixty days, I will not be the least bit surprised.”
Paul Vallas was nominated for mayor by the Fraternal Order of Police. As a former city budget director and schools chief, Vallas was seen as a more conservative candidate who had run on a law-and-order platform.
Johnson has attempted to distance himself from his previous statements in support of the defund-the-police movement.
Catanzara, president of the FOP, declares, “We shall see where this goes.” I’m willing to talk.”
Catanzara stated that he hopes to have a better relationship with Johnson than he did with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has had public disagreements with officials from the union.
Catanzara stated, “I hope he has a little thicker skin.” He shouldn’t have applied for this position if he can’t handle criticism. However, it is absurd to believe that we will get along and become the best of friends.
Chicagoans may before long have the option to fly over air terminal traffic on their way downtown.
According to a joint press release from Archer Aviation Inc. and United Airlines, the first commercial electric air taxi route will start in Chicago in two years.
On Thursday, Archer and United made the announcement that they would be launching a commercial electric air taxi service. They said that Chicago was chosen because it was “the third most populous city in the United States, a center for business, innovation, and investment, and home to United’s headquarters.” Because of this, it is a one-of-a-kind city for Archer and United to develop.
According to the press release, Archer’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will travel from O’Hare International Airport to Vertiport Chicago, the largest facility in North America for vertical aircraft takeoff and landing, which is in the Illinois Medical District near the Chicago Loop.
Six battery packs provide power, and the vehicle has a top speed of 150 mph. There is room for one pilot, four passengers, and luggage in the aircraft. In normal traffic, the journey from O’Hare to downtown Chicago can take more than an hour, and it can take even longer during rush hour.
Bryan Benhard, Archer’s chief growth and infrastructure officer, stated, “This is definitely the transportation of the future… it is safe, sustainable, affordable, and quiet.” Instead of driving an hour to an hour and a half from downtown to O’Hare in ten minutes for the price of an Uber, people will take this aircraft.
According to the press release from Archer, trips will be available for between $100 and $150 through a mobile app.
In 2025, the service is expected to go live. Simultaneously, an enormous development project on Chicago’s fundamental interstate that interfaces the city’s midtown region to ORD is supposed to make traffic bad dreams.
According to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, “This exciting new technology will further decarbonize our means of transportation, taking us another step forward in our fight against climate change.” I’m happy that Chicagoans will be among the first in the country to use this innovative and convenient mode of transportation.
Archer won’t just make a stop in Chicago. The creator of the e-taxi wants to bring the program to other major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and New York City.
State police in Maryland reported that a car struck ix highway workers on Wednesday after entering a work zone.
According to Maryland State Police, the accident occurred around 12:40 p.m. at the Baltimore Beltway, an inner loop of Interstate 695.
According to police, an Acura swerved into Jersey barriers before striking the workers and flipping over.
According to state police, the six people killed were contract workers on a state highway construction project. They were not identified by the police until the next of kin was informed.
The driver, whose character was not known, was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock ER for clinical treatment, police said.
The car entered the work zone for no apparent reason. According to Gov. Wes Moore, his office is keeping an eye on the situation. He tweeted, “My heart goes out to the families and victims of the tragic crash on the 695 beltway this afternoon.”
The accident is still being looked into.
The overturned Acura was captured on helicopter video by Baltimore’s NBC affiliate WBAL, which showed it surrounded by broken construction materials and other debris between the two parallel Jersey barriers.
Johnny Olszewski, the executive director of Baltimore County, offered his sympathy as well.
He tweeted, “On behalf of all the residents of Baltimore County, we offer our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in today’s tragic crash and my prayers remain with those injured in this horrific incident.” He was referring to the accident that took place earlier today.
Over the course of the previous ten years, residents of the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side of this city tried unsuccessfully to save Wadsworth Elementary School, an impressive brick structure that had long served as the hub of their community.
Some people said that they felt insulted yet again by the city when they learned that the old school building would be reopened as a refuge for migrants.
During a demonstration on Friday, a candidate for alderman and two others were detained after entering the property of the former school.
The tensions that are taking place in the Woodlawn neighborhood, where more than eighty percent of the people live are Black, highlight the delicate politics that cities like Chicago and New York are having to deal with as they try to deal with an influx of migrants, many of whom are being taken north by buses by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. A request for clarification was not received from the governor’s office.
Luis Cardona, a retired tow truck driver who helped organize the demonstration on Friday, said of the migrants, “I’ve got nothing against them.” We must first assist those in need here, and then assist others.
In Woodlawn, some residents claimed that the city had neglected the neighborhood for a long time and that the reopening of the school to house migrants was yet another instance of the city acting against the wishes of the community.
Patricia Hightower, an 80-year-old community activist, described the closure of the school as “like a feeling of just total disregard and disrespect for the community.”
Ms. Hightower said that she remembers the fight to save Wadsworth and a subsequent effort to use the building as a youth center or shelter for homeless people. As a result, the news that the city had decided to use the building to house migrants was devastating to the community. Ms. Hightower stated, “We don’t believe it was fair to us or to them for this to have taken place in the manner that it did.”
According to the city, approximately 5,100 migrants have arrived in Chicago on buses arranged by the states of Texas and Colorado since the end of August. Nearly 4,000 of them have been housed, and the city, Cook County, and the state of Illinois have provided them with assistance. A city spokeswoman stated that Chicago has utilized all of its resources to respond to what it considers a humanitarian crisis.
The city stated in a statement, “As with every shelter in the city, Wadsworth was selected because it meets the same necessary shelter and safety requirements to house individuals.” We will continue to work with leaders and residents of the community to support this population more.
According to officials, the number of homeless people in New York City’s shelters has reached a record high as a result of the approximately 45,000 asylum seekers who have arrived since the spring. Additionally, the city has established emergency relief centers, one of which is housed in a Brooklyn cruise terminal and provides 1,000 people with cots. Immigrant rights advocates have expressed concern regarding Randall’s Island’s cruise terminal and temporary tent city relief center in the fall of 2017.
Franklin Zapata, a 22-year-old Venezuelan carpenter who is staying at the former Wadsworth school in Chicago, was riding his bike to look for work on a recent day. He stated that while he is pleased to have a place to stay and the ability to shower, it is difficult to find work in a region where few people speak Spanish.
According to Johannes Favi, deputy director of the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, which is based in Chicago, neither the state nor the city were prepared to accommodate the migrants who were coming to Chicago. Without a plan, they have attempted to do their best, he stated. It’s possible to make mistakes when improvising.
Wadsworth Elementary School students were relocated to a different building in 2013 as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wave of closing underutilized schools. Residents of Woodlawn tried to keep the school open. It has been empty since 2017, when it housed a charter school.
Firefighters report that traffic is closed at Ashland Avenue. An update from Chicago Fire Media states that the fire has been extinguished. Firefighters are working to extinguish the flames coming from a residence.
Police updated via a press release that an 18-year-old woman transported herself to the hospital after she was shot in the back in a vehicle around 4:00 p.m. today. She is reported to be in critical condition after suspects in a black Jeep fired shots at her. No suspects have been detained and the investigation is ongoing. #Chicago #Illinois #news #video
The search for a Chicago woman who, following a verbal altercation, shot a woman in the knee on a train has come to an end.
When Latrice Harvey, 25, got on the CTA Red Line in the Loop, she got into a fight with a 30-year-old passenger. She then opened fire on the train shortly after midnight as it approached the State and Lake station. The Chicago Police Department reported that the woman had been “seriously injured.”
A witness said that during the incident, frantic train passengers tried to move into another car when they heard gunshots.
According to the news outlet, “Red Line trains were rerouted over the Loop and shuttle buses were sent between the Fullerton, State, and Lake stations until service resumed.”
Shortly after the shooting, Harvey was discovered and taken into custody near her residence in the 3600 block of West North Avenue. She has been charged with aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm and attempted first-degree murder.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is currently recovering. The reason behind the argument was withheld by the police.
Later, it was discovered that Harvey had a 32-year-old accomplice named Bobby Noblin who was also arrested and charged with the crime.
FOX 32 Chicago reports that authorities at the time stated that the Noblin was dressed in “a black shirt, black pants with white stripes, and black and white shoes.” “Black woman with long black hair in dreadlocks, wearing a purple hoodie and white shirt, black pants, and white shoes,” was Harvey’s description.
Area Three detective Scott Liebhaber can be reached at 312-744-8261 if you have any additional information that pertains to the case. Investigators are still looking for additional information.
After the bouncer of the late-night bar Christina’s Place reported a man pointing a gun at people outside, Supt. Added David Brown.
Following a fight near an Irving Park bar that resulted in gunfire, a man was shot and killed by police early on Wednesday, according to police Supt. Added David Brown.
According to Brown, a bouncer at a bar in the 3700 block of North Kedzie Avenue called police to report a man pointing a gun at people outside just after 3 a.m.
Brown stated that witnesses had informed investigators that the man had been inside the bar when he was asked to leave, returned, and pointed the gun outside. However, he noted that the information still “has to be verified.”
3759 N. Kedzie Ave., Christina’s Place, is open on weekdays until 4 a.m. The shot man had stopped by the bar for a drink, according to customers and a bouncer.
According to local news sources, when he went outside to smoke, he pulled a gun on the bouncer and appeared to become “agitated” while talking to people. This prompted the police to be called.
According to Brown, the bouncer gave the two responding officers, a 12-year veteran and a probationary officer, a description of the man and they followed him as he ran toward an alley in the 3700 block of North Troy Street.
Brown claimed that officers fatally shot the man after exchanges of gunfire.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the man’s identity was unknown.
Brown claimed that no officers were injured. Brown said that at the scene, police found a gun with an extended magazine.
Brown stated that while the Civilian Office of Police Accountability conducts an investigation, the two officers who were involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative duties for a period of thirty days.
Sal Mehmeti, the bar’s co-owner, told Block Club that he wasn’t at work when the shooting happened, but employees told him that the man the police killed wasn’t a regular there. He claimed that the surveillance system of his bar, which includes cameras both inside and outside the establishment, was used by the police to record the incident.
Behind New Apostolic Church, 3753 N. Troy St., is the alley where the shooting took place. The church also has at least one camera facing the alley. Police arrived earlier in the day to speak with staff, according to a church employee working Wednesday afternoon, but the employee declined further comment.
Ald. in a statement: Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, 33rd, contacted her office to offer support services to neighbors who knew the deceased man or his family.
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After Damien Stewart was allegedly found with a gun during a confrontational traffic stop on May 18, 2019, the video shows Officer Enrique Delgado Fernandez delivering nearly 20 closed-fist blows to him in the South Chicago District lockup.
Activist William Calloway told a City Hall news conference that Stewart was moved to release the video after watching how a group of police officers killed Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee, earlier this month.
Five officers have been charged with criminal offenses as a result of widespread protests and Nichols’s death, which was caught on camera.
Sgt. Delgado Fernandez and Delgado Fernandez were both fired by Calloway. Stewart was grabbed by Jerald Williams, who also entered his cell. A spokesperson for the police says that the officers have already been suspended.
Calloway, who assisted city officials in forcing the release of the video of Laquan McDonald’s killing at the hands of a Chicago police officer, stated, “There’s no place on this police force… for that type of uncalled [for] violence on an unarmed man that’s already in police custody.” It is horrible and uncalled for.
Stewart entered a guilty plea in May 2021 to the felony charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He settled his federal lawsuit against Delgado Fernandez, Williams, and the city in September that year for $45,000.
Calloway stated that Stewart is still reeling from the beating more than a year later.
He stated, “These officers are still on the street.” The police officers’ actions toward him never received an apology from the city.
Though he didn’t begin his acting career seriously until his late twenties, he was determined to put in the effort, frequently enrolling in multiple acting classes at the same time. According to Reginald Irving, CEO of the production company StarShaper, he was known for bringing a sense of joy to a classroom or set.
Irving and his co-stars were stunned to learn that Lofton had been murdered late Friday in the Austin neighborhood. “I couldn’t do nothing but scream,” Irving explained. “When Xavier was around everyone was happy.”
Lofton and a woman were driving south in the 200 block of South Cicero Avenue when someone in a beige SUV opened fire on their car just after 11 p.m. Friday, according to Chicago police.
Lofton was shot in the head, armpit, and thigh and was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital. According to police, the woman, 29, was shot in the head, arm, and back. In critical condition, she was rushed to Stroger Hospital.
Another driver, a 36-year-old man, was “caught in the crossfire,” and crashed into a parked vehicle, according to police. He was discovered with a gunshot wound to the back nearby and was also taken to Mount Sinai, where he died.
Irving called Lofton’s phone in a panic the next morning after learning about the shooting. According to Lofton, a post on his father’s Facebook confirmed the worst.
On Monday, police reported that no one was in custody.
“I just want him remembered as someone who did not bother nobody,” Irving explained. “He was not looking for a fight. When I became agitated, he would soothe me. He was all about happiness — one of his famous lines was “Life ain’t that bad.””
Lofton contacted Irving about a year ago, hoping to work with Irving’s company after completing another brief project. “Xavier was ecstatic to learn more about acting… He would leave one class to attend another “Irving stated.
Irving said he helped coach Lofton this year and collaborated with him on several projects, including a Tubi series. Lofton has become such a significant presence at the company that Irving is unsure how to proceed without him.
“I’ve never been through anything like this,” Irving admitted. “Where do we go from here, and how do we proceed? He was present in every class and on every set.”
Authorities said on Monday that a man who is suspected of dismembering his ex-girlfriend and storing her body parts in luggage in Brooklyn lived with her dismembered body for a month. Justin Williams, 24, of Harlem utilized towels and cleaning items to cover the smell coming from the two bags at the home of his killed ex, D’Asia Johnson, 22, investigators said in new court papers. In the grisly murder of 22-year-old Johnson, whose remains were discovered by police conducting a wellness check at her Cypress Hills apartment on Sept. 21, authorities said, Williams was indicted and charged with murder and concealment of a human corpse.
At his Monday arraignment in Brooklyn Supreme Court, he was given an order to be held without bail. According to authorities, Williams stabbed Johnson nine times, five times to the front of her torso and four times to the back. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office stated that he then dismembered her body and stuffed it into the suitcases.
The accused sicko lived in her apartment with her dismembered corpse for weeks, prosecutors added. Monday, 24-year-old Justin Williams (center) was charged with the grisly murder of his ex-girlfriend, 22-year-old D’Asia Johnson. Gregory P. Mango According to court documents, Williams admitted to killing Johnson and dismembering her body in an October interview with Brooklyn detectives. He waived his right to remain silent.
Pools of splattered blood were discovered inside the victim’s Linwood Street apartment during the initial police investigation, and Johnson’s body parts were later discovered in the apartment’s suitcases. According to police, concerned building security guards tried to check on Johnson before the dismembered body was found because she hadn’t been seen in a week. According to police, Williams turned the guards away at the door and then fled before the cops arrived and discovered the grisly scene.
The Post was informed by neighbors that D’Asia Johnson, the murder victim, had been abused for a long time by her former boyfriend. Later, neighbors told The Post that Johnson’s ex-boyfriend had been abusing her violently for a long time, and sources said she had tried to get a protection order against him but was unsuccessful. Stephanie Harris, a neighbor, stated, “He [was] beating on her for two years, broke her legs, broke her ribs, and destroyed her apartment.””I want to get her away from this building,” her mother moaned.She will die, so please get her out of this building.’Nobody wishes to be heard.
Williams was identified as a person of interest in Johnson’s murder at the beginning of the month. Prosecutors also claimed in open court at the time that Williams’ current girlfriend had used his murdered ex-girlfriend’s federal benefits card for purchases in New York City following her murder. According to police, Williams was transported to Nassau County ten days after Johnson’s remains were discovered to face two bail-jumping cases. In those Nassau cases, Williams was sought for allegedly slapping a 66-year-old man in Freeport in June 2021 and for allegedly stealing nearly $1,200 in merchandise from a Westbury Walgreens in June 2020. In both of these cases, Williams was accused of skipping a second-degree assault rap. According to an indictment, Williams was allegedly absent from those cases on April 25 and a warrant for his arrest was issued on May 11. Law enforcement sources said that because of the bail-jumping cases, he was held on $125,000 bail, keeping him in jail while the NYPD continued to look into Johnson’s death. Williams was taken to Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct by detectives from Nassau County, Long Island, where he was charged on Monday. The photos of the five women and one man who, according to the police, “are being sought as witnesses in connection” to the horrific Brooklyn murder were also made public last month.According to the police, the surveillance images were “obtained from the incident location.” Monday, the police stated that they discussed the case with the individuals who were being sought for interviews and that no other individuals were being charged with the murder. If found guilty, Williams faces up to life in prison.