| May 21, 2014
Cook County probation officers have for years quietly teamed up with law enforcement to go into probationers' homes without warrants, looking for guns, drugs and information and leading to questionable and illegal searches, the Tribune has found....
| May 16, 2014
| 7:52 PM
When Julio Martinez crossed the U.S. border illegally more than a decade ago, his attorneys say, he was running for his life, attempting to escape the deadly and pervasive gang he joined in his native El Salvador as a 14-year-old boy.
| May 7, 2014
Murders happen in the real world, where the club bashes a real human being's head, or a solid bullet pierces real flesh.
Like that of Endia Martin, the 14-year-old shot in the back in my old neighborhood on the South Side.
But what's odd, maybe a sign...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Carlos Canino cut his teeth as an undercover agent in Los Angeles, in an era when violent crime was hitting record highs.
It was the summer of 1991, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had transferred Canino to the Los Angeles...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 4:47 PM
In his first visit to Chicago since becoming director of the FBI, James Comey said today he is “painfully aware” of the city’s seemingly intractable gun violence and plans to direct more federal resources at the problem.
Comey, who was...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 12:33 PM
No mass killer terrorized the Chicago streets on Easter weekend. But the joyous spring holiday of renewal was anything but tranquil.
At least nine people were killed and 36 others, including children, were shot and wounded. It was the second weekend...
| May 15, 2014
| 8:36 PM
A man accused of fatally shooting three teenagers in 2009 when he was aiming for a rival gang member has been found guilty of murder, but his codefendant was acquitted Thursday, authorities said.
Martin Ybarra, 25, was accused of killing Johnny Edwards,...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 12:44 PM
A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on a rival gang member on the USC campus, injuring four, sobbed uncontrollably in court Friday after he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.
At one point, sheriff's deputies had to restrain...
| May 12, 2014
| 10:03 PM
When police confronted Tamerlan Tsarnaev four nights after the Boston Marathon bombing last year, he leaped from his car with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol and opened fire.
He critically wounded one officer and, despite being shot himself, kept...
| May 4, 2014
Every Wednesday morning, supervisors and officers of the Los Angeles Police Department gather in a windowless room on the first floor of the department's headquarters. There, they analyze crime statistics and get grilled about their strategies for...