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Chicago Gun Violence Peaks Over Father's Day Weekend

Heavy gun violence continues to plague Chicago as the city has recorded this past Father’s Day weekend as its most deadly of the year. Between Friday (June 14) and Sunday (June 16), seven people were killed and 40 others injured in a string of shootings that proved more fatal than the city’s Memorial Day weekend totals.

The worst single incident reported occurred Friday night when a shooting led to one person being killed and 13 people injured. Another 13 shootings were recorded between Saturday and Sunday, resulting in the remaining six fatalities. The youngest victim was Michael Westley 15, who was shot by police after allegedly pointing a handgun at them.

Paradoxically however, Chicago spokesman Adam Collin reports that gun violence is down in the city overall. In an email statement, he compares this past weekend to previously more violent times in the city’s history.

“We had 8 fewer shooting incidents this weekend compared to the same weekend in 2012,” he wrote. “We’ve had fewer murders to date this year than any year since the mid-1960s.”

Collins addressed the city’s improvement with optimism, while asserting that there is still work to be done.

“There’s going to be good days and there’s going to be bad days, which is why we’ve been calling this progress, not victory,” he told The Chicago Tribune.

In a gun control report issued by the Obama administration Tuesday (June 18), it was reported that officials have “completed or made significant progress” on 21 of 23 proposed laws against gun violence in America.

"Passing common-sense gun safety legislation, including expanding background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, remains the single most important step we could take to reduce gun violence," the report read.

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21 Savage Describes Mentality Inside ICE Detention Center

After his release from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Georgia (Feb. 13), 21 Savage talked with The New York Times on his upbringing in London, an immigration battle and the looming reality that one day he would be confronted over his status in the U.S.

“It’s like my worst nightmare,” he said. “That’s why it’s always been trying to get corrected.” Since 2017, Savage filed an application for a U Visa, a document that might take up to a year to be fully processed. Around the age that one is eligible for a driver’s license or a job, Savage said that’s when he noticed his non-legal status in the country could pose a problem as he got older. “It felt impossible,” he said on trying to rectify his situation. “It got to the point where I just learned to live without it. ‘Cause I still ain’t got it, I’m 26, and I’m rich. So, just learned to live without it.”

The “A Lot” rapper also told the publication that it wasn’t the reality of being in a detention center that stressed him, but “it was the possibility of me not being able to live in this country no more that I’ve been living in my whole life. All that just going through your head, like, ‘Damn, I love my house, I ain’t gonna be able to go in my house no more? I ain’t gonna be able to go to my favorite restaurant that I been going to for 20 years straight?’ That’s the most important thing.”

The 26-year-old entertainer added that the situation he faced for nine days could’ve made himself “go crazy” over the unsureness behind one’s fate. “It’s like we gonna put you in jail and we gonna make you fight your case the slowest you can fight it so that you just want to go home,” he said. “Nobody want to sit in jail, especially if they don’t have the money to fight it and they ain’t been to court in three months.” Savage also discussed the memes that circulated once news broke about his detainment, a situation that sparked a rift between Chris Brown and Offset.

"It ain’t about the meme, it’s about the bigger picture. But I done been through way worse things in my life than somebody putting me on a meme," he said. "I been shot — what is a meme? A meme is nothing. That’s something on the internet that I can do like this [turns over phone] and never see again. I look at bullet scars every day, so it’s like, a meme, bro?"

While out on bond, 21 Savage awaits an immigration court hearing that'll add another layer to his case.

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NYPD Commander Under Investigation For Ordering To Shoot 50 Cent On Sight

The NYPD is an hot water this week. NYPD commander Emmanuel Gonzalez of the Brooklyn's 72nd precinct is currently under investigation after allegedly ordering his officers to shoot 50 Cent "on sight" at a boxing match in 2018, The New York Daily News reports.

According to the new report, deputy inspector Gonzalez allegedly made the comments to his staff during a roll call before the sporting match. Gonzalez allegedly tried to pass the "order" off as a joke, but no one was laughing.

After learning of the story on Sunday (Feb. 17), 50 Cent quickly hit back, calling Gonzalez a "dirty cop." "This guy Emanuel Gonzalez is a dirty cop abusing his POWER. The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun," he wrote on Twitter.

Fif' also indicated that he plans to take legal action against the NYPD. "Mr. Jackson takes this threat very seriously and is consulting with his legal counsel regarding his options going forward," his spokesman said in a statement. "He is concerned that he was not previously advised of this threat by the NYPD and even more concerned that Gonzalez continues to carry a badge and a gun."

This isn't the first time 50 and Gonzalez had butt heads however. According to People, Gonzalez previously filed an aggravated harassment complaint against 50 Cent last spring, after 50 reportedly made a series of threats towards the commander on social media.

This is how I wake up this morning, 🤷🏽‍♂️ This guy Emanuel Gonzales is a dirty cop abusing his POWER. The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun.I take this threat very seriously and im consulting with my legal counsel regarding my options moving forward. pic.twitter.com/5HWk2tqYFo

— 50cent (@50cent) February 17, 2019

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Maryland Judge Overturns Jury's Decision To Award Korryn Gaines Family $37 Million

A Maryland judge has overturned a jury's decision to award the surviving family of Korryn Gaines $37 million. The 23-year-old was shot twice, along with her 5-year-old son Kodi, during an hour-long standoff in August 2016. The child survived Gaines did not.

According to CNN, Baltimore County Circuit Court Associate Judge Mickey J. Norman stated in an opinion Cpl Royce Ruby's conduct was "entitled to qualified immunity," which translates as Ruby was well within his rights as a member of law enforcement and is "shielded from liability for civil damages."

Norman's opinion states Ruby acted within the margins of the law. "This court has found that Corporal Ruby is entitled to qualified immunity and therefore, his shooting of Gaines was not unlawful."

However, Norman states the damages Gaines' surviving family was seeking were "excessive and shocks the conscience."

The jury awarded $32.85 million to Gaines' son Kodi, $23, 542 for his medical bills and $4.53 million to Gaines' daughter Karsyn Courtney. The jury also found it fit to award Gaines' mother Rhanda Dormeus $307,000 and $300,000 to her father Ryan Gaines.

Judge Norman said the court would grant a new civil trial on account of this new opinion.

J. Wyndal Gordon, Gaines' family lawyer said the family is disappointed but not "defeated nor deterred from doing what must be done now."

"We have great appellate issues and an excellent opportunity to have reviewed not just the recent decision but some of the earlier decisions in the case that were disfavorable," Gordon said. "Nobody told us the road would be easy. I don't believe God brought us this far to leave us. This case is by no means over. We will fight to the finish to preserve the jury's verdict and restore justice to the family."

Baltimore County police spokesperson confirmed that Cpl Royce Ruby is still a member of the department.

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