CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on two fatal Chicago police shootings (all times local):
Chicago officials say two workers at the city's 911 center have been suspended without pay for failing to send police to a West Side residence where a man later shot to death by police was calling for help.
Quintonio LeGrier called 911 three times on Dec. 26 from his father's apartment. But it wasn't until the third call the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications sent a squad car to check on the 19-year-old.
One of the responding officers, Robert Rialmo, fatally shot LeGrier. The officer said LeGrier was coming at him with a bat. The officer also shot and killed a neighbor, 55-year-old Bettie Jones in what police said was an accident.
OEMC spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said Tuesday one of the call-takers from OEMC was given a three-day suspension for failing to send a squad car after the teen claimed in his first call that his life was being threatened. The person who picked up LeGrier's second 911 call was suspended for one day.
The city of Chicago says it will start releasing videos of police shootings and deaths in custody within 60 days, after drawing criticism for refusing to release the video of the fatal shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald by a police officer for more than a year.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he supports the recommendation Tuesday by the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force that the city post the videos and other evidence online, and the mayor's spokesman Adam Collins said the city would implement the policy immediately.
Under the policy, the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates officer-involved shootings, plans to release videos and other evidence in all new cases as well as current investigations.
Emanuel formed the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force after last November's release of the 2014 shooting of McDonald in an effort to restore public trust.
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has suggested that a push for a special prosecutor to take over the case of a white police officer charged in the shooting death of black teenager is politically motivated.
Her statement Tuesday came after a coalition of civil rights attorneys and others said they filed a court petition for the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case stemming from Laquan McDonald's death.
The petition alleges Alvarez's ties are too close to the police union and the department for her to be even-handed. In her written statement, Alvarez denies there's any such conflict.
She also notes several supporters of her challenger in the race for state's attorney joined the call for a special prosecutor. She says it's "more than a little coincidental" that the petition comes 30 days before her primary.
A group of civil rights attorneys and others are filing a court petition seeking to force Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's office to hand over to a special prosecutor the case of a white police officer charged in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
The petition contends that her ties to police force and the officers' union raise questions about her ability and willingness to prosecute Officer Jason Van Dyke and perhaps charge other officers.
Alvarez has defended herself against criticism from those who wondered why it took more than a year to charge Van Dyke with first-degree murder, saying she handled the complicated case correctly. Alvarez is in the heat of a primary battle for her job in large part because of this case.