Chicago Police Officer
13 Jan 2017

Justice Department Report Shows Chicago Police Routinely Use Violence And Lie About It

The Justice Department released the results of an investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s record of unlawful policing, including the routine use of brutality or deadly force against residents. The city of Chicago, police, and leadership within the CPD and its police officer union “acknowledge that a code of silence

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13 Jan 2017

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Chicago Police Illegally Spied On Activists, Residents With Stingray Surveillance

A federal lawsuit against Chicago police alleges officers employed cell site simulators or Stingray spying devices in violation of the First Amendment rights of innocent citizens during a “Reclaim Martin Luther King Jr. Day” action on January 15, 2015. Chicago-based organizations, activists, and residents came together for a protest and

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Residents hold a vigil at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's house to mark the 770 people killed by violence in Chicago this year. (Photo by Kevin Gosztola)
22 Dec 2016

‘None Of Us Are Disposable’: Vigil At Rahm Emanuel’s House Marks Lives Of 770 Killed By Violence

Community organizations, faith leaders, and families gathered for a vigil outside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house to mark the 770 people killed by violence in 2016.

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Photo by Kevin Gosztola
05 Nov 2016

It Happened: Personal Notes From A Young Chicago Cubs Fan

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo stepped up to the microphone during the World Series rally in Grant Park and choked up, as he spoke about what it meant to be able to be on a team with the 38-year-old catcher David Ross, who was a mentor to him. Rizzo,

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06 Oct 2016

Video: Kevin Gosztola Performs At Laughing Liberally Chicago

The Laughing Liberally chapter in Chicago hosted their monthly event on October 5, and Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola performed a satirical piece, “An Unsolicited Guide To Protesting The Right Way.” A written version of this satire appeared on Shadowproof weeks ago, but it was revised and updated for this

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Fidencio Sanchez (Source: https://www.gofundme.com/2am4q7kk)
16 Sep 2016

When Charity Tokenizes Laborers And Fuels Loathing Of Working Class

Ninety year-old Fidencio Sanchez has sold popsicles in Chicago for nearly 76 years, according to an interview with CNN. “I feel my body is starting to give up on me,” Sanchez said. “I suffer sometimes when it’s cold, and my arms and feet hurt.” Sanchez’s elderly wife, Eladia, used to help

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Freedom Square banner greets those who visit the encampment. Photo by Kevin Gosztola
01 Sep 2016

Freedom Square Encampment Enters New Chapter As Chicago Residents Take Control

Forty-one days ago, in the community of Lawndale on the west side of Chicago, the Let Us Breathe Collective launched the Freedom Square occupation.

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Screen shot of "There's Alot Going On" EP cover [from YouTube]
13 Jun 2016

Protest Song Of Week: ’16 Shots’ by Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa’s anthem against police brutality, a response to the killing of Laquan McDonald, was released on his EP on June 3.

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Laquan McDonald Black Friday Mag Mile Protest March. Photo by kgnixer on Flickr
13 Apr 2016

Task Force Lambasts Chicago Police Department’s Decades-Long Record Of Systemic Racism

The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force released a report, which shows the deep and systemic problem of racism within the Chicago Police Department.

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Screen shot from "UE/Wells"
16 Mar 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘UE/Wells’

The more you put into fighting the bosses, the more you get. In this 15-minute film from Kartemquin, which was produced in the late 1970s, the United Electrical Workers Union engage in an organizing drive at the Wells Foundry in Chicago. African American, Hispanic, Arab, Polish, and Jewish workers form

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