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The [Thursday] Papers

"A Chicago Reporter investigation has found a troubling pattern of Chicago police officers charging people they've assaulted with aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, or resisting arrest. Defense attorneys call these 'cover charges' and say it's a way to cover up bad behavior or justify their excessive use of force."

For example:

"Had Laquan McDonald somehow survived the volley of 16 bullets fired by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, he would have been charged with aggravated assault of a police officer.

"The charges would have been based on reports from officers at the scene on the night of Oct. 20, 2014, who said McDonald raised the knife over his shoulder in 'an aggressive manner,' forcing the officer to shoot the 17-year-old in self-defense. Those reports were refuted by the infamous dashcam video and three of the officers who filed them are set to go on trial next month for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and official misconduct.

"That trial and Van Dyke's conviction earlier this month for second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm are exceedingly rare. Much more often, it's the person on the other end of police force that ends up arrested, charged and convicted."

To wit:

"Two out of every three times a CPD officer reported using force since 2004, they arrested the subject on one of these charges . . . Cover charges are alleged in nearly one in five of the 1,112 police misconduct lawsuits paid out by the city between 2011 and 2017, making it among the most common types of misconduct leading to a settlement."

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New on the Beachwood . . .

Rock 'N' Roll McDonald's Without The Rock 'N' Roll
Sucks.

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Chicago One Week Away From New Office Of Labor Standards
Set to follow cities including New York, Seattle and San Francisco in creating such an office.

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Ten Cent Beer Night Was A Total Disaster
"Ten cents for a beer at a baseball game might sound like a dream come true. But the reality of that scenario unfolded on June 4, 1974 during a Major League Baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers. What transpired was a night full of nudity, violence, and total chaos."

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Poems For Uncertain Times
'At the turbulent confluence of relentless news cycles and the repeated rending of our interior lives.'

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

Postage Stamp. J.Gossaert, Art Institute of Chicago.

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BeachBook

19th-Century Superior Street Row Houses Threatened With Demolition.

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Cost Of Wisconsin's Stance On The Affordable Care Act: $1.1 Billion Through This Fiscal Year.

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They Look Like Cops But They're Not. And They're All Over Michigan.

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Church Group Known For Founder's Nude Rituals Opens A Restaurant In Wauconda. It's The Talk Of The Village.

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The Heavy Focus on 5G Wireless Means We Are Ignoring 68 Million Americans Facing High-Speed Cable Monopolies.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Grrrreat!



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