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Yosef negotiates with CPD Director of Public Engagement Glen Brooks to allow protesters at the corner of East Ohio Street and North Michigan Avenue into the street.

Magnificent Mile temporarily shut down for protest, vigil honoring Black lives lost

August 30, 2020

White signs tied in a row on a long string swayed in the wind with the names of Black and Brown Americans killed by police officers. The signs were created as part of a protest meant to shut dow...

FYI: What defunding the police could mean for Chicago

July 24, 2020

“Defund the police” has become a rallying cry for the many activists protesting police brutality. The phrase itself has been used for decades and pushes for local governments to divest funds from police...

Protesters demand school board remove cops from CPS, but they will stay put for now

Protesters demand school board remove cops from CPS, but they will stay put for now

June 26, 2020

Shouts of “no justice, no peace, defund the police” echoed between buildings downtown as hundreds of activists, teachers, students, health care workers and Chicago residents marched demanding s...

The community opens up: Conversations about racism and the Black experience are 'uncomfortable,' sometimes traumatic

The community opens up: Conversations about racism and the Black experience are ‘uncomfortable,’ sometimes traumatic

June 25, 2020

George Floyd’s death felt like the death of a family member for Layla Broderick. Broderick, a junior marketing major, said conversations about the unjust killing of Floyd, a Black man from Minn...

 WBEZ-FM 91.5 and Vocalo 91.1 hosted a virtual event “Voices of the Movement: Black Activism and Organizing for Change” with a panel of black activists to discuss the historical fight for racial equity.

‘Voices of the Movement’: Black activists discuss power in organizing

June 24, 2020

After viewers enjoyed a few minutes of Childish Gambino’s song "This is America"—which highlights the unjust killing and violence against Black Americans—viewers and panelists virtually held a m...

Columbia students impacted physically and emotionally by protests, police violence

Columbia students impacted physically and emotionally by protests, police violence

June 10, 2020

Protests “I just remember telling [the police], 'Are you going to kill me, too?’ … Because it felt like I was on the cusp of death. ... I have never witnessed such a hatred from anyone." S...

Editors' Note: Journalists are documenting history, let them do their jobs

Editors’ Note: Journalists are documenting history, let them do their jobs

June 8, 2020

While broadcasting and covering a peaceful protest in Minneapolis, Canadian field correspondent Ali Velshi and his MSNBC camera crew were shot at with rubber bullets and tear-gassed by police. Linda Tir...

Opinion: America's pre-existing condition of racism does not excuse itself from accountability

Opinion: America’s pre-existing condition of racism does not excuse itself from accountability

June 3, 2020

The modern-day lynchings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police, intertwined with numerous displays of glaring entitlement from white Americans, have exposed that America...

Judge Gaughan: ‘One act, one sentence, one crime,’ Van Dyke sentenced

January 18, 2019

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for the murder of Laquan McDonald, concluding one of the most racially charged trials in Chicago history. Co...

“We the jury find the defendant, Jason Van Dyke, guilty”

October 8, 2018

Demonstrators rallied across Chicago Oct. 5 after Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. “My sons, like me, they’re afraid of...

The Department of Justice released a statement at a press conference at the Everett McKinley Dirksen Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn St., on Jan. 13. The DOJ found the Chicago Police Department at fault for systematically violating the civil rights of Chicago citizens.

Emanuel, Johnson address ‘sobering’ DOJ findings

January 13, 2017

Lack of police accountability, transparency and de-escalation tactics and training are some of the most contentious topics of debate within law enforcement and the communities they police across the countr...

As a part of its ongoing investigation of the Chicago Police Department, the Department of Justice held the fifth community forum Oct. 24.

Latest DOJ police forum displays local frustrations

October 31, 2016

Ten months into the Department of Justice’s civil investigation of the Chicago Police Department, the fifth public forum was held to air complaints of police brutality or misconduct.The forum, held Oct...

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