Police chief Eddie Johnson calls for firing of seven cops over Laquan McDonald shooting, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Friday, August 19, 2016

Police chief Eddie Johnson calls for firing of seven cops over Laquan McDonald shooting, and other Chicago news

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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, August 19, 2016. Have a great weekend!

  • Weather: A warm and humid Friday

It will be warm Friday, with a high of 86 and a low of 73; with humidity, it could feel as hot as 98 degrees. There's a decent chance of a thunderstorm during the evening hours. It will cool down considerably during the Air and Water Show Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the 70s. [AccuWeather]

  • Police chief Eddie Johnson recommends firing seven officers over Laquan McDonald shooting

Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson has recommended firing seven cops for lying in connection with the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald. The officers have also been stripped of police powers. A report by the city's inspector general recommended that ten officers be fired; two have retired, and Johnson says there's not enough evidence to fire one of them. [Tribune]

  • Chicago Teachers Union is "likely to strike"

The Chicago Teachers Union says there's a "strong possibility of a teachers strike this fall," and it's holding a workshop Saturday on "planning and winning strikes" and "workplace tactics to stick it to the boss," according to an e-mail sent by the union to teachers. When asked by Chicago Tonight whether the workshop means that schools should be ready for a work stoppage, CTU president Karen Lewis said that the union is always prepared to strike: "It takes a lot of preparation, it takes a lot of organization, it takes a lot of conversations that need to happen with parents," she said. [Chicago Tonight]

  • Lake Michigan drownings on the rise during hot summer

There's been an increase in drownings in Chicago and in other areas of Lake Michigan during the summer, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. So far this year there have been 29 drownings in the lake, 13 of them in Chicago, which is an increase over 2015 but far fewer than in 2012, when there were 50 drownings. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Comedian Amy Schumer cancels Naperville book signing

Kurt Metzger, a former writer for comedian Amy Schumer's on-hiatus Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, is in hot water for controversial Facebook comments he made about a New York theater's ban on a comedian accused of sexual assault, which he ridiculed. Under fire on social media, Schumer has canceled her upcoming book signing in Naperville and several other events scheduled to promote her new collection of essays, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. [Sun-Times]

  • Kanye West is opening a pop-up shop in an undisclosed location Friday

Kanye West is bringing a "Pablo" pop-up shop to Chicago over the weekend, but fans will have to wait to find out the exact location. Twenty-one stores designed by the rapper will open around the globe on Friday, selling merchandise related to his most recent album, The Life of Pablo. There will be a limited time to shop: the pop-ups are slated to close Sunday. [Time Out Chicago]


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