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All Charges Dropped Against Actor Jussie Smollett

The "Empire" actor was accused of faking a hate crime against himself.
Tess Owen
Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett Charged With Felony for Filing False Police Report

The actor claimed he was attacked by two masked men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs.
Tess Owen

Why the Agency That's Supposed to Hold Chicago Cops Accountable Is Such a Failure

A veteran cop and independent police investigator explains why it's so hard to get the police under control in Chicago.
Justin Glawe

The Horrifically Racist Photo That Led to the Firing of a Chicago Cop

Chicago Police Officer Timothy McDermott was fired last year for misconduct, and an old photo where he and another officer are holding rifles over a black man wearing antlers explains why.
Allie Conti

Talking to the Journalist Who Uncovered Police Torture in Chicago

"House of Screams" by John Conroy kicked off a decades-long effort to unravel the web of a Chicago cop's torturous ways. We asked him how it all went down and whether police in the Windy City have changed.
Justin Glawe

Freddy Martinez Is Exposing Chicago Cops' NSA-Style Surveillance Gear

With a lawsuit last summer, Freddy Martinez forced the Chicago Police to admit to purchasing the StingRay, a cell-phone tracking tool. Now he's in the midst of a second suit with the CPD to uncover how they've used the technology.
Justin Glawe

Our Three-Year Struggle to Get Chicago to Admit We Were Beaten by the Police

In 2010, we were beaten by men who appeared to be cops with the Chicago Police Department, an encounter that came to define our lives.
Matthew Clark and Anonymous

Why Black Chicagoans Distrust and Fear the Police

Two weeks ago a pair of black teenagers were killed by Chicago cops in separate incidents, and residents have taken to the streets to protest, resulting in yet more clashes between a police department and a community that don't trust each other.
Justin Glawe
The True Crime Issue

Photographing Crime Scenes in Chicago on One of the Most Violent Weekends of the Year

I spent a long, hot summer night riding from shooting to shooting with a newspaper photographer.
Justin Glawe

The Chicago Man Accusing the Cops of Raping Him with a Gun

Speaking up publicly against the advice of his lawyers, Angel Perez described a horrific tale of harassment and torture by a pair of Chicago police officers, who, Angel says, are still on the force.
Rania Khalek