Chicago Crime 08/05/2010

Police Taser use increases sharply

Chicago Police officers have nearly quadrupled their use of Tasers since the department equipped every beat car with the electric-shock weapons earlier this year, according to new figures released by the Independent Police Review Authority.

The agency, which reviews complaints of police misconduct, tracks every use of a Taser. In the second quarter of 2010, the devices were discharged 285 times by Chicago cops — up from 74 in the first quarter of 2010 and 39 in the fourth quarter of 2009. Only a few of those Taser discharges resulted in an allegation of police misconduct, the police oversight agency noted.

via Police Taser use increases sharply :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State.

Man found stabbed in Woodlawn neighborhood

A 38-year-old man was discovered stabbed in the chest late Wednesday night on the South Side in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood.

Police responded shortly before midnight to the 6400 block of South King Drive and found the man with stab wounds to his chest. Preliminary reports said the man knows his attacker.

The man was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital, police said.

via Man found stabbed in Woodlawn neighborhood – Chicago Breaking News.

2 wounded in drive-by on Northwest Side

Two men were struck by gunfire this morning in an apparent drive-by on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

Officers responded about 12:15 a.m. to the 3800 block of West Diversey Avenue and found two victims with gunshot wounds, police said.

Preliminary reports said the victims were sitting on a porch when an eastbound gray Honda minivan pulled up and someone inside fired shots in their direction.

A 30-year-old man was taken in good condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his right knee, police said.

The other victim, a 20-year-old man, also was taken to Illinois Masonic with a gunshot wound to his right torso. He was listed in good condition.

via 2 wounded in drive-by on Northwest Side – Chicago Breaking News.