R. KELLY CHARGED WITH 10 COUNTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN CHICAGO R. Kelly turns himself in to the police in Chicago on Friday night to face sexual abuse charges.CreditChris Sweda/Chicago Tribune, via Associated Press
- For more than two decades, the R&B singer R. Kelly has been trailed by allegations of sexual misconduct. He was married to a young singer who turned out to be 15 years old. There were claims that he controlled women in a cultlike atmosphere. He was linked to an infamous sex tape. None of it meaningfully stood in his way.
Then, on Friday in Chicago, after weeks of renewed scrutiny, Mr. Kelly was indicted.
The authorities accused him of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were underage, according to the Cook County state’s attorney, Kim Foxx. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse can carry a sentence of three to seven years in prison for each count. Mr. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, faces 10 of them.
Monday, July 20, 2015
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A man who investigates shootings involving Chicago police officers is out of a job, and he says some of his findings led to his dismissal.
Lorenzo Davis is a retired Chicago police commander who took a job at the Independent Police Review Authority, the agency that investigates police brutality. Davis says he was fired because he determined that several officers who shot and even killed civilians were not justified in doing so.
"They've exonerated police officers. They've said that the police officers' actions were correct," Davis said.
Davis could not be specific about the cases that still have not been resolved, but he says his team of investigators for IPRA found as many as six incidents where the cop was not justified in shooting the civilian victim. But Davis, also a former CPD detective, says his boss at IPRA told him to change his finding and determine that each shooting was justified.
Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, whose name became synonymous with torture, a web of tainted court convictions and more than $100 million in settlements with wrongfully convicted defendants who lost decades of their lives in jail, has died in Florida at 70, according to the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.
Burge, who had battled cancer, was a commander at Area 2 on the South Side. He headed a “midnight crew” of officers accused of systemic abuse of more than 100 African-American suspects. The cases stretched from the 1970s to 1991, and drew the attention of the London-based human rights organization Amnesty International, which called for an inquiry.
In the words of victim Darrell Cannon — whose 1983 murder conviction would later be thrown out — he was tortured by “a New Wave Klan” that “wore badges, instead of sheets.”
In 2011, Burge was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for lying under oath in civil lawsuits connected to the torture. After being released early for good behavior, he went to a halfway house near his Florida home, followed by home confinement.
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