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Sam Charles

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Sam:

Suburban Chicago school worker charged with stealing $1.5M worth of chicken wings from district

The food service director for an impoverished south suburban school district is accused of stealing $1.5 million worth of food—mainly chicken wings—according to court documents reviewed by WGN Investigates. → Read More

Illinois girl, 8, fatally shot as result of gang conflict, source says

The shooting that killed an 8-year-old girl Saturday was due to conflict within one gang, which claims territory in the western parts of Little Village, according to a Chicago police source. → Read More

Man killed outside Kankakee County Courthouse had just left hearing on child sex abuse, pornography charges

KANKAKEE, Ill. — One of the men killed in a Thursday morning shootout outside the Kankakee County Courthouse had just left a hearing on child sex abuse and pornography charges that were brought against him earlier this year. Kankakee County court records show that Victor Andrade, 26, was charged last April with one count of […] → Read More

CPD officer charged with aggravated battery, official misconduct in 2020 Red Line shooting

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police officer who shot an unarmed man at a busy CTA Red Line station last year now faces aggravated battery and official misconduct charges in connection with the shooting. Officer Melvina Bogard, 32, is expected to appear in Cook County bond court Thursday, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. […] → Read More

At mayor’s direction, Melrose Park cops targeted family, lawsuit alleges

Michael Cozzi and his parents, Vincent and Angeline Cozzi, who are in their 80s, filed the suit Monday in U.S. District Court against Melrose Park and Serpico. The Cozzis allege that, since December 2020, Melrose Park police officers have unfairly targeted their home for perceived municipal code violations at Serpico’s direction. → Read More

Alleging conspiracy and cover-up, Anjanette Young sues Chicago, 12 officers over police raid

Young was undressed and getting ready for bed when several Chicago police officers came into her Near West Side home, announcing a raid on Feb. 21, 2019. → Read More

Aldermen call for superintendent’s firing, hearings after inspector general blasts CPD response to riots

Ald. Ray Lopez (19th) said Chicago Police Supt. David Brown is "of no value" and should go. Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) wants hearings to get "straight answers" from the mayor and police about failures identified in Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s new report. → Read More

‘This can never happen again,’ ranking cop says in scathing inspector general report on Chicago’s response to summer riots

Officers were "outflanked, under-equipped and unprepared" and the Chicago Police Department "critically disserved both its own front-line members and members of the public," says the report, which one alderman called a "complete shock." → Read More

CPS to resume in-person classes Wednesday

"Our building engineers and facilities team have been working diligently to clear sidewalks and parking lots of snow and ensure all school buildings are warm, safe, and fully ready to welcome students and staff back to school," the district wrote in an email to parents. → Read More

Former CPD officer who was accused of attacking, threatening other cops to join CFD next week

Jason Coleman’s career with the Chicago Police Department ended when he resigned in July 2020, less than two months after he was involved in a skirmish with on-duty officers near his West Englewood home. He’s set to graduate from the Chicago Fire Department academy on Feb. 16. → Read More

Ahead of Police Board hearing, CPD strips FOP president of pay

First-term union president John Catanzara will face a hearing later this month over obscene and inflammatory posts he made to social media before his election. Additionally, Catanzara faces charges related to a criminal complaint he filed against former Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and Cmdr. Ronald Pontecore Jr. → Read More

Ahead of independent monitor’s third report, CPD says consent decree compliance efforts signal ‘improvement’

It remains unclear, though, how the Chicago Police Department’s compliance will be graded, as the independent monitoring team is compiling its latest report. In the second report, released last summer, the CPD was found to have missed 70% of its consent decree-related deadlines. → Read More

South Side community groups receive $1.2 million in grants for anti-violence efforts

Acclivus, based near the Illinois Medical District, announced $1.2 million in grant money would be doled out to groups that serve the Greater Grand Crossing, Washington Park, Washington Heights, West Pullman and Grand Boulevard neighborhoods. → Read More

Suspect in slaying of rapper G Herbo’s friend facing weapons charge

Christopher Mosley, 29, was charged with being an armed habitual criminal after a gun was allegedly found in his vehicle during a traffic stop Tuesday. He has not been charged with the Jan. 28 murder of Gregory Jackson III. → Read More

New ‘Chicago Police Torture Archive’ details acts of Jon Burge and underlings

The new site, launched by the Invisible Institute, includes profiles and interviews with numerous victims of Burge and his "midnight crew." Scores of court transcripts, depositions, media clips and photos are also included in the archive. → Read More

Associate of Chicago rapper G Herbo killed in South Loop barbershop shooting

Gregory Jackson III — more widely known as "Lil Greg" — was in the Studio Nineteen barbershop, at 1931 S. State St., shortly after noon on Jan. 28 when someone walked in and shot him in the face. → Read More

Man fatally shot in South Loop business

The shooting happened Thursday in the 1900 block of South State Street. → Read More

Man fatally shot in South Loop business

The shooting happened Thursday in the 1900 block of South State Street. → Read More

Embattled FOP president facing more CPD charges

The new charges, made public Wednesday by the Chicago Police Board, allege John Catanzara filed a false police report against former Supt. Eddie Johnson after Johnson took part in an anti-violence march on the Dan Ryan Expressway in July 2018. → Read More

South Side alderman says Chicago is in ‘state of emergency’ with uptick in carjackings

"Any time one of us, an Englewood resident, is carjacked and held at gunpoint on Christmas morning, we know that it is time for us to come together and find some solutions as it relates to public safety," Ald. Stephanie Coleman (16th) said during a virtual town hall meeting Tuesday. → Read More