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Johnson: police reform depends on him staying after Emanuel leaves.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, arguing that continual leadership changes interfere with attempts at police reform, acknowledged that some officers "look the other way" when it comes to reporting police misconduct.

"The reason it's so difficult to change police cultures is because the leadership changes so often. Every three years. You have to start over again," Johnson told the Chicago Sun-Times as he made the case to keep his $260,044-a-year job after the retirement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

"It's gonna take, like, five-to-seven years to change a culture, a mentality." Johnson said. "I don't want to stay here seven years. But in two more years, we'll be in a solid place."

He noted that the Chicago Police Department has just begun the yearslong process of implementing a consent decree under the watchful eye of a federal monitor.

"It's important that the leadership believes in it, which I do and the command staff does," he said. "I don't know if the next person will be as vested a as I am."

Feds say 19 adults, 14 kids in forced labor

Federal authorities say they found 19 adults and 14 children in a Cicero home during an early morning raid Tuesday, following allegations that Guatemalan citizens were being held in the basement there and forced to work.

The woman who authorities say kept them there, Concepcion Malinek, faces forced labor charges outlined in a 12-page criminal complaint. Authorities spoke to four of the alleged captives in recent days, according to the document.

Authorities say the immigrants handed over large portions of their paychecks to Malinek, 49, who purportedly used the money to pay various expenses.

2 charged in fatal shooting of off-duty cop

Two men have been charged in the fatal shooting of off-duty Chicago Police officer John P. Rivera. Menelik Jackson, 24, and Jovan Battle, 32, are facing felony murder charges for the shooting of Rivera in River North Chicago police said.

Jackson, the accused shooter, is charged with one felony count of first-degree murder, three felony counts of attempted first-degree murder and resisting arrest after police say he tried to flee during the arrest. Battle is charged with one felony count of first degree murder and three felony counts of attempted first degree murder. Both were arrested about 3:25 a.m. March 23 in the 700 block of North Clark Street, police said.

Chicago leads way in 'culinary Oscars'

The nominees for the 2019 James Beard Awards, known as the "Oscars of the culinary world," were announced during a livestream from Hugo's restaurant in Houston, Texas. Of note: Once again, it's an all-Chicago faceoff in the category of best chef/Great Lakes region. In all, Chicago's renowned culinary world received 16 nominations.

Winners will be announced May 6 at the Lyric Opera House of Chicago. Media award winners will be announced on April 26 in New York City.

Woman reports sex assault on Blue Line

A woman told Chicago police she was sexually assaulted between Wednesday night and Thursday morning while riding the Blue Line.

The woman, 52, told police she was dozing on the train when a man sexually assaulted her. She reported the assault about 2:40 a.m. at the Clinton Blue Line station in the 400 block of South Clinton Street.

* This report was assembled in collaboration with the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Date:Mar 31, 2019
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