"Tough on crime" was once a winning strategy. Now it's becoming a liability.
The formal request says Chicago States Attorney Anita Alvarez is too cozy with police to be trusted with the first-degree murder case.
Let's cut to the chase: Laquan McDonald's shooting and video are the wake up call to all Chicagoans that we need a New Chicago. A new mayor and a new city council.
Slivers of change amidst substantial continuity illustrate the ongoing need to fight for a more just and open city whose streets far too often have been soaked with the blood of young black men, including one whose life literally went up in puffs of smoke.
As Anita Alvarez Gears Up for Expanded Alternative Sentencing Program, Criticisms of Existing Services Emerge in New Study
Limited services, understaffing and poor data keeping are all criticisms being pointed at the Cook County state's attorney via a new study examining the effectiveness of a county program offering alternatives to incarceration for first time felons.
Though this marks a turnaround for Alvarez, who once deemed marijuana a "gateway drug," there are still several issues with the move.
On Friday, April 25, 2014, the three young men dubbed the NATO 3 -- Brent Betterly, Jared Chase and Brian Jacob Church -- received sentences for the offenses of "mob action" and "possession of an incendiary device with intent to commit arson."
Koschman, 5'5" and 125 pounds, got "mouthy" and a 6'3", 230 pound ex-football player punched him in the face. Koschman, knocked unconscious, fell backward to the ground, where the back of his head crashed against the pavement.
The OWS movement that inspired Church, Chase, Betterly, and millions of others showed us that we can and should resist these practices.