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Chicago police superintendent resigns as city rocked by out-of-control crime


Published March 1, 2023 5:38pm EST
Chicago police superintendent David Brown announces resignation
John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago, also announced his resignation just hours after Brown said he would step down

By Louis Casiano | Fox News

 Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, leader of one of the nation's largest police agencies, announced his resignation Wednesday.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement saying Brown informed her of his departure Wednesday.

"I accepted his resignation and want to commend him for his accomplishments not just for the department but the entire city," she said.

Brown's resignation is effective March 6. First Deputy Eric Carter will be appointed as interim superintendent until the new mayor is sworn into office.

Brown became head of the department during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. His tenure was rocked by an increase in crime amid calls to defund police departments nationwide.

The police force was in the midst of a reorganization when Brown reversed and enlarged police units, Fox Chicago reported.

He also drew criticism for ousting his head of reform Robert Boik after Boik wrote an email warning that transferring officers from the Office of Constitutional Policing to patrol shifts would make it impossible to meet the training requirements in a federal consent decree governing police reform.


As Chicago celebrates St. Patrick, police radios detail the shenanigans
March 12, 2023

Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s celebrations have been tamed from the rip-roaring, no-holds-barred free-for-alls that were unleashed downtown and in Wrigleyville for years. But the Chicago police radio traffic is still peppered with entertaining nuggets.  ...

The day began ominously, with two people shot in the 100 block of North Dearborn as crowds filled the area for the river dyeing and parade just before 9 a.m. Even before police knew about the shooting, an officer radioed the license plate of a car speeding through the area, a detail that later allowed investigators to link the vehicle to the shooting.

Thankfully, those were the most serious broadcasts of the day.

9:03 a.m. — A Chicago police big shot orders cops to start clearing spectators off the downtown bridges.

9:30 a.m. — A different Chicago police big shot: “The main goal right now is to keep the bridges clear.”

9:31 a.m. — Cop: All of the people we just cleared off of the bridges’ top decks are now on the lower decks.

9:44 a.m. — Communication snafu. Cop: Hey, the CTA was informed about the parade, but nobody told them about the river dyeing, so we have buses coming into the crowd.

9:56 a.m. —The second Chicago police big shot is back: No one is to be on the bridges at this time. They’re gonna start dyeing the river in four minutes. ...


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