CHICAGO — A year after this city drew new attention for soaring gun violence and gang bloodshed, creating a political test for Mayor Rahm Emanuel in President Obama’s hometown, Chicago has witnessed a drop in shootings and crime. Killings this year have dipped to a level not seen since the early 1960s.
Chicago Tactics Put Major Dent in Killing Trend
Only days after clearing Congress, US President Barack Obama signed his name to H.R. 347 on Thursday, officially making it a federal offense to cause a disturbance at certain political events — essentially criminalizing protest in the States.
RT broke the news last month that H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, had overwhelmingly passed the US House of Representatives after only three lawmakers voted against it. On Thursday this week, President Obama inked his name to the legislation and authorized the government to start enforcing a law that has many Americans concerned over how the bill could bury the rights to assemble and protest as guaranteed in the US Constitution.
Under H.R. 347, which has more commonly been labeled the Trespass Bill by Congress, knowingly entering a restricted area that is under the jurisdiction of Secret Service protection can garner an arrest. The law is actually only a slight change to earlier legislation that made it an offense to knowingly and willfully commit such a crime. Under the Trespass Bill’s latest language chance, however, someone could end up in law enforcement custody for entering an area that they don’t realize is Secret Service protected and “engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct” or “impede[s] or disrupt[s] the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.”
Homicides dipped slightly in Chicago in March after having increased the previous month by 18 percent, according to statistics released today.
While homicides dropped across the city by 1.4 percent, 10 police districts saw a double-digit drop in homicides, the department said.
Total crime dropped by 8.1 percent across the city — the 27th consecutive month there has been a decrease in violent and property crimes, police said.
via After spike, homicides drop slightly in March – chicagotribune.com.
October 21, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Two officers stripped of their powers following an alleged beating have been reinstated while the investigation continues against the five other officers allegedly involved.
The police union said Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis jumped the gun relieving the two officers of their police powers and is demanding an apology.
“You have to remember, we relieve officers for the welfare of the public and the officers. It is not discipline. It is not a suspension,” Weis said.
Story: 7 cops stripped of duties amid brutality probe
Accusations of police brutality emerged after a handcuffed suspect was allegedly assaulted by a police officer on the South Side.
“That’s serious. When we learned this information from the Independent Police [Review] Authority, we had to take immediate action. Based on the facts at that time, it was appropriate that the officers identified to us were relieved of police powers,” Weis said. “If we receive allegations, we will oftentimes relieve them of police powers if we feel they represent a problem for the public. We do this for the protection of all involved.”
Weis also recently announced he will shift more officers to higher-crime areas while almost all the numbers in every crime category are down.
Chicago Police Department Superintendent Jody Weis responds to police beating allegations on South Side at 79th and Vincennes | abc7chicago.com