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Jordan D. Spates, the Rockford man wanted in connection with the Sept. 23 shooting of a Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy, has been arrested in Georgia. More arrests may be coming.

Spates, 27, is wanted for aggravated battery to a police officer with a firearm, which is a class X felony with a penalty of six to 30 years in prison.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department developed information late last week that the fugitive was in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville, Ga. They worked with the Rockford FBI office, which obtained a warrant for Spates's arrest.

Members of Chicago’s black community are wondering if the recent federal report on the Chicago Police Department is going to make a difference.

Panelists at a Rainbow PUSH event Wednesday were split on the document, which found that Chicago police officers have a pattern of using unconstitutional excessive force.  State Rep. Mary Flowers thanked the Department of Justice for their efforts. 

"If nothing else, for the mothers who lost their sons and daughters and their babies. Who were told to their faces that they were lying."  

Last year, there were 24 instances in which Chicago officers fired their weapons and hit someone. It's the lowest number since the Independent Police Review Authority started keeping track in 2008.


Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson credits expanded training.



A Chicago City Council committee is recommending the city pay more than $6.4 million to families of two men who died in police custody.

During a finance committee hearing on Monday, aldermen angrily denounced the officers who ignored the pleas of the parents of Philip Coleman to take him to a hospital for psychiatric treatment before the incident in which he was pulled from his jail cell and shot repeatedly with a stun gun.

Coleman later died after being given an anti-psychiatric drug.

Chicago police fatally shot a 19-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman when responding to a domestic disturbance call early Saturday.

Family members of 19-year-old victim Quintonio LeGrier told The Chicago Tribune that he was acting "agitated" and holding a baseball bat. "His father became worried and called the police," the Tribune reports.