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Two Men Charged With Attempted Murder of Chicago Police Officer

Harrington and Grant;  Photo: Chicago Police Department

Harrington and Grant; Photo: Chicago Police Department

Two men have been charged in the shooting of a Chicago police officer on Friday. The assault occurred as the officer was confronting the men following a robbery in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. 

The officer was shot in the leg. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is said to be stable. 

The suspects, Donzell Grant, 20, and Cortez Harrington, 24, were charged with attempted first-degree murder, robbery, and other felonies.

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Two Chicago Police Officers Shot, Wounded in "Targeted" Attack

Two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded in what was described as a "targeted" attack late Tuesday night. 

The officers were patrolling the city's South Side when one or possibly two vehicles pulled along the officers' vehicle and opened fire.

Witnesses described the sound of the gunfire as being consistent with an assault rifle. 

Both officers were taken to a local hospital for treatment and are expected to survive.

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Heroic Chicago Cops Save Choking Toddler

Photo: Christine Randall

Photo: Christine Randall

A couple of Chicago police officers are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a choking 9-month old child.

Officers David Watson and Paul Moreno were called to the scene after the child apparently swallowed a toy.

The officers immediately jumped into action, successfully performing the Heimlich maneuver. They even followed the child to the hospital along with the ambulance.

The child's grandmother, Christine Randall, said, "...the officers were talking to her, calling her Princess and telling her, ‘You’re going to be OK, sorry you’re going through this.’ It was so compassionate. It was hard to believe, you know? They really did save her life.”

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Chicago Police Officers Cleared in Congressman's Charge of Racial Profiling

Photo: Chicago Police Dept.

Photo: Chicago Police Dept.

Two Chicago police officers accused of racial profiling by U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) have been cleared of the charges after an investigation.

Rep. Rush alleged that officers had no reasonable basis for pulling him over during an August 4, 2016 vehicle stop.

Officers stated that they pulled Rep. Rush over because his license plate information did not match the vehicle he was driving.

Fortunately, the entire encounter was caught on police body-cam and helped to assist investigators looking into the allegations of profiling.

Rep. Rush's plate, "1" had the small words "U.S. Congressman" also emblazoned next to it; however, another resident with a different car had the plate number of "1" as well, likely leading to the confusion. 

The officers were cleared of wrongdoing and the accusation was deemed unfounded.

Rep. Rush has been in congress since 1993. He was also one of the founding members of the Illinois Black Panther Party.

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Chicago Picking Up Where it Left Off: 7 Killed and 53 Shot in First Days of 2017

Barely entering the fourth day of the year, Chicago is already off to an inauspicious start.

After experiencing over 750 murders last year -- a multi-year high -- 7 people have already been murdered in the Second City along with a total of 53 shot (46 wounded).

The killings were included among the many people killed or wounded in a particularly bloody New Year's Eve weekend.

Over the holiday weekend, 55 people were shot and 6 killed, a jump from the 42 people shot and four killed last year.

Everyone is surely hopeful that 2017 will be a safer year in Chicagoland but the first few days of the new year are leaving people skeptical.

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Former Chicago Top Cop Blames Black Lives Matter for Huge Rise in Chicago Violence

Garry McCarthy;  Photo: Jeff Sciortino

Garry McCarthy; Photo: Jeff Sciortino

Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy harshly criticized the Black Lives Matter movement on Sunday, accusing the controversial group of sharing in the blame for the unprecedented level of violence in Chicago last year.

"So what's happening, and this is ironic, is that a movement with the goal of saving black lives at this point is getting black lives taken, because 80 percent of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks," said McCarthy.

McCarthy also suggested BLM was helping to foster an environment that emboldened criminals and hamstrung law enforcement. 

"The simplest way to describe it is that we have created an environment where we have emboldened criminals and we are hamstringing the police," he added.

Chicago saw it's homicide rate spike in 2016, jumping to 762 murders (a 58% increase over 2015). Chicago also experienced more homicides in 2016 than New York and Los Angeles...combined.

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3 Chicago Cops Injured, Suspect Shot, Following Chase

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Photo: via patch.com

Three Chicago police officers were injured early Sunday after a suspect who had fled from police crashed his vehicle into a police cruiser.

The suspect, who had initially failed to yield to officers after being observed speeding and driving on a sidewalk, struggled with officers after they tried to take him into custody following the crash. 

The unidentified suspect was shot by an officer and transported to a local hospital where he was said to be in critical but stable condition. The suspect was described as a male in his 40's with an outstanding warrant.

The injured officers were expected to recover.

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Christmas in Chicago: 11 Killed, 50 Wounded in Holiday Weekend Shootings

A violent Christmas weekend capped what has been an exceedingly violent year in the city of Chicago.

In total, 61 people were shot and 11 of them killed over the holiday weekend.

The violence brought the homicide total to over 780 so far in 2016, according to a local website that monitors violence in Chicago.

2016 has seen a dramatic rise in the number of people killed in the Second City, jumping to nearly 800 murders, well over the 2015 total of 492.

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Mayor Emanuel Seeks to Relax Standards to Become Chicago Police Officer

Chicago Rahm Emanuel;  Photo: Jim Young/Reuters

Chicago Rahm Emanuel; Photo: Jim Young/Reuters

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has opened the door to relaxing hiring standards for the Chicago police department in an effort to inspire greater hiring among minority communities. 

Among the ideas is to allow individuals with minor drug or criminal offenses in their backgrounds to apply for and be considered for employment as Chicago police officers. 

Mayor Emanuel said, "I want to take a look at the general idea that, if somebody did something when they were 16 or 17, that doesn’t become an entire impossibility, as long as it’s not serious, to joining a police department."

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Out of Control: Chicago Rapidly Approaching 650 Homicide Mark

As residents of Chicago celebrate the Cubs' first trip to the World Series in over a half-century, the latest violent crime and homicide statistics from the Second City paint a decidedly bleak picture.

Check out the updated totals below:

2016 to date...

Homicides: 627 (558 shot and killed)

Total Shot: 3,589

For a detailed analysis of violent crime in Chicago check out the data HERE.

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