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    Chicago Police Hiding Homicides? No Way....

    Here is a 2 Part Story that one of our local Media Nazis did. I cannot either confirm nor deny the fact that this happens. Could it? Maybe.

    Video-----> Hiding The Homicides

    Are Police Hiding Homicides To Lower Murder Rate?
    Some Cops Say Homicides Hidden To Make City Seem Safer



    Pam Zekman
    Reporting

    (CBS) CHICAGO Chicago police say they have been working hard to reduce the city's murder rate, but now tips to the CBS 2 Investigators are raising questions about whether the Chicago police are hiding homicides.

    CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman decided to look in to it.

    In neighborhoods plagued by violence, a strong police presence has reduced the number of homicides from 666 in 2001 to 448 last year.

    "We're policing smarter, we're more strategic and we're more focused," said Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline in December 2004.

    But some cops, who are afraid to speak publicly, say some homicides are being hidden by classifying them as death investigations to make the city seem safer.

    Police officials deny it.

    "I know that every murder is captured," said Deputy Chief of Detectives Mike Chassen. "You cannot hide dead bodies."

    CBS 2 compared lists of homicide victims over the last five years from the Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner. We eliminated cases that can't be counted in crime statistics, such as accidental deaths.

    We found more than 80 names missing from the police list -- people who were beaten, burned, stabbed, and strangled in ways the medical examiner ruled to be homicides.

    We asked the Chicago police to review all those cases, but they only agreed to pull a few. What emerged is a series of surprising disputes between the police and the medical examiner's office.

    "They say he died of a major heart attack," said Edgar Allen. That's what the police told the brother of 58-year-old Charlie Allen, a minister who once ran for the state legislature.

    Two years ago Allen's body was found in a building he owned. At first police called it a homicide, but later reclassified it as a death investigation. The case was closed as a "non-criminal death."

    But the medical examiner's office ruled Allen died of strangulation, which is a homicide. His brother was shocked when we told him.

    "Do you believe the medical examiner?" CBS 2's Pam Zekman asked him.

    "Of course I do," Allen said. "They go to school for this. The police are the police."

    CBS 2 has obtained copies of documents that show a detective assigned to the case justified closing it out as non-criminal by misstating the autopsy findings.

    The county's chief medical examiner refused to be interviewed on camera but stands by his pathologist's conclusions.

    Dr. Edmund Donoghue noted that the autopsy found Allen had bite marks on his tongue and hemorrhages in eyes and neck, indicating strangulation.

    "We don't believe that's true," Chassen said.

    Then there are the deaths of five women -- their partially dressed or naked bodies were found in abandoned buildings or vacant lots over the last five years. The pathologists in each case concluded the deaths were homicides caused by strangulation.

    "She called me personally and said, 'your niece was strangled to death,'" said LaVerne Willliamson, the aunt of one of the victims, Shaniqua Williamson.

    Williamson reported that to a detective assigned to the case.

    "He told me, no she was not, that is not, we are not handling this as a homicide. And I said why not?" Williamson said.

    She thinks it's because her niece was a prostitute.

    "That's not right. She's a human being, and she is loved," Williamson said.

    Chassen denies that Shaniqua Williamson's history had anything to do with classifying the case as a death investigation.

    "If evidence indicates that a crime occurred, we change that. We make that a homicide," Chassen said.

    Chassen says he doesn't know how the women died, but police can not rely on the medical examiner's conclusions that it was strangulation.

    "There is no physical evidence whatsoever to indicate that," he said.

    Dr. Donoghue says the police are out of their area of expertise and defends the findings of his pathologists.

    "It's sad and unfair to the people of this city that they [the police] are giving them inaccurate information about the incidence of homicide," Donoghue said.

    While the cases we found would not make a significant change in Chicago's rate of reported murders, they raise serious questions about the way some homicides are being investigated.

    ( MMVI, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
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    VIDEO------>Hiding The Homicides Part 2
    Watchdog Group Wants FBI To Review Chicago Police
    Dozens Of Homicide Cases Apparently Missing From Official Police Crime Count


    Pam Zekman
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    (CBS) CHICAGO A police watchdog group is calling Tuesday on the FBI to review whether the Chicago Police Department is hiding crimes to lower the murder rate and make the city seem safer.

    CBS 2 Investigative Reporter Pam Zekman reported Monday on half a dozen questionable cases, and now there are more.

    CBS 2's comparison of homicides reported by the police to a list provided by the medical examiner's office uncovered dozens of cases apparently missing from the official police crime count -- many carried as death investigations by the police.

    "I think it's outrageous. It's dishonest it's deceiving the public," said Mary Powers of Citizens Alert.

    Powers says she was shocked by CBS 2's disclosures that some cases are in limbo because of major disputes between the medical examiner's office and the police over how people died.

    Take the case of Jeffrey Head found dead in his apartment in 2004.

    "His hands was behind his back like this, and a plastic bag over his head," said the victim's brother, Earl Head.

    Police officials say they believe Head killed himself attempting a form of sexual gratification.

    But in this autopsy report the pathologist documents serious injuries including a fractured windpipe and hemorrhages on both sides of his head, injuries too severe to be self-inflicted.

    The pathologist concluded Head died of strangulation and suffocation -- a homicide. It is a conclusion the police dispute.

    "It's not right and they aren't doing their job as they should," said Earl Head.

    Police officials deny it, saying Head's case and others were correctly classified by detectives as death investigations.

    When asked if police carry cases as death investigations to keep the homicide count down, Michael Chasen, Deputy Chief of Detectives, said, "Absolutely not. They never hold a case to eliminate a homicide. We just don't do that."

    That's what Citizens Alert wants the FBI and Superintendent Cline to find out.

    The Cook County Medical Examiner declined to be interviewed on camera. But he said it is sad that the police department is giving out inaccurate information about the city's homicides.

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    I thought the ME's office had final say on wether or not something was a homocide? Could someone please enlighten me on proper procedure on this? If it's going to be boring, shoot me a PM. lol
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    They do, but you see the cheif ME is still pissed at the police because we locked his 2 sons up a couple years back. I mean really, a guy with his hands tied behind hi back with a bag over his head blunt trauma to the head, a homicide? Never, that was accidental. Lol. I love this town.
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