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Friday, October 28, 2016

Cook County Jail fights left ten people hospitalized, and other Chicago news

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A detainee at Cook County Jail - JESSICA KOSCIELNIAK/SUN-TIMES
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  • A detainee at Cook County Jail

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, October 28, 2016. Have a great weekend, and go Cubs! 

  • Weather: Warm and very windy

It will be warm again Friday, with a high of 67 and a low of 62. It will be sunny during parts of the day, and expect strong gusts of wind. [AccuWeather

  • Video released of one of the Cook County Jail fights that sent eight inmates, two officers to the hospital

Fights broke out in a maximum-security division of the Cook County Jail Tuesday evening, leaving at least 20 inmates and two correctional officers injured. Officials have released a surveillance video of one of the fights, but there's no audio, and it's still unclear what started the brawl. Fights also broke out in two other living units, and authorities "were trying to determine if the fights were coordinated by inmates and whether they were sparked by gang tensions," according to the Tribune. Eight inmates had to be taken to the hospital with stabbing or beating wounds. [Tribune]

  • Chicago Torture Archive puts 10,000 files on CPD torture online

The Chicago Torture Archive at the University of Chicago has put 10,000  documents relating to Chicago Police Department torture cases online, where they can be accessed by anyone. The People's Law Office worked "to gather interrogations, criminal-trial files, civil-litigation documents, works of journalism, and records of activism spurred by the CPD torture cases documented between 1972 and 1991," according to the Atlantic. More documents will be added to the archive as they're collected and reviewed. [Atlantic]

  • OpenOversight allows civilians to match police names and badge numbers with their photos

Web developers at Chicago-based Lucy Parsons Labs are trying to make it easier for civilians file misconduct complaints against Chicago police officers with a new tool, OpenOversight. (Disclosure: the Reader collaborated with Lucy Parsons Labs on our recent investigation into CPD's secret budget.) The goal of OpenOversight is to match police officers' names and badge numbers with their pictures. "We talked to people who had been victims of [police] abuse and had gone to file a complaint but were told 'If you don't know the badge number and name, nothing is going to happen,'" the program's lead developer, Jennifer Helsby, told CityLab. The police are worried that the tool will put their personal safety at risk. "You put someone's name out there, then now he's driving with his kids or to his school, and now you've got him more easily identified and you put him and his family at risk," says Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president Dean Angelo. [CityLab]

  • Former Second City actor reveals how racist audiences made him quit

Peter Kim was member of the cast of A Red Line Runs Through It at Second City E.T.C., but he and three fellow cast members left the show after being subjected to racist comments from audiences. In an interview with Chicagoist, Kim gives more insight into what drove him to leave his "dream job." "It's not heckling, it's hate speech, that emotion and energy is real," he told Chicagoist. "It's not just words." [Chicagoist]

  • Former suburban congressman: "I'm grabbing my musket" if Trump loses

Ex-congressman and syndicated radio host Joe Walsh is under fire for saying that he will "grab his musket" November 9 if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins the upcoming election, which many are interpreting as a call for armed uprising. The Chicago-area Republican tweeted Wednesday: "On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?" Walsh told Yahoo News that his statement was a metaphor and he doesn't want to start any violence if GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump loses. [Yahoo News]


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