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‘Ferguson Effect is Real,’ Police Survey Finds

An issue that has become known as the “Ferguson effect” is causing police officers to hesitate and question their judgment in situations where the use of force would be proper. The phenomenon occurred following the justified 2014 police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri, and the protests and riots afterwards. A new police survey from the Pew Research Center confirms what many media outlets have been reporting–the “Ferguson effect” is real.

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Chicago Police Reports of Laquan McDonald’s Actions Differ from Dashcam Video

The Chicago Police Department released the after action reports written by the officers involved in the 2014 shooting of an African American teen on Friday, but those accounts differ significantly from the details seen in the dashcam video of the shooting that sparked a week of protests in the Windy City.

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Some Stores Temporarily Shut Down by Black Friday Protesters in Chicago

A third day of protests descended upon Chicago’s busy downtown Michigan Avenue shopping district, shutting down some stores as protesters barricaded doors arm-in-arm to prevent shoppers from entering or leaving stores on Chicago’s famed “Magnificent Mile.”

Rahm Emanuel appeals for calm after Laquon McDonald video (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

Arrests at Protests over Chicago Police Video

Chicago police have reportedly made three arrests–thus far–at demonstrations that broke out Tuesday evening following the release of a video showing the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquon McDonald last October. McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer James Van Dyke, who was recently charged with murder.

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Report: Police Monitored African-American Groups in Chicago

A report by the Chicago Sun-Times reveals that the Chicago Police Department started a special program to monitor local African-American groups after the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing riots in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.