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CPD Deputy Chief Dion Boyd Found Dead In Apparent Suicide At Homan Square Police Facility

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, a top-ranking member of the CPD command staff, was found dead Tuesday morning at the Homan Square facility on the West Side, in an apparent suicide.

“I am extremely saddened to share with you today the loss of a respected member of our command staff to suicide,” Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said Tuesday afternoon. “We are shocked, saddened at the loss, and it’s deeply felt by me and the many colleagues and friends with whom Deputy Chief Dion Boyd worked and mentored throughout his career.”

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Brown did not say how Boyd died, other than to say it was a suicide. Police sources told the CBS 2 Investigators his colleagues were trying unsuccessfully to get reach him on his cell phone when he was discovered in his office. It’s unclear exactly when he died.

“Dion left people he loved here, and colleagues who loved him as well. Please, officers, please, stay humble, stay human, stay safe, stay well,” Brown said.

Boyd, 57, had decades of experience as a homicide detective and undercover narcotics officer. He also had a promising future ahead him. A 30-year veteran of the force, on July 15 he was promoted to deputy chief of CPD’s Criminal Networks Group, which oversees the narcotics, gang investigation, and vice divisions, and the department’s role in the CPD/FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.

“Dion is one of the only exempt members to have experience as a supervisor of each bureau,” Brown said.

Hundreds of marked and unmarked police vehicles took part in a somber procession from Homan Square to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office early Tuesday afternoon. The Chicago Fire Department also hoisted an American flag above the procession in tribute to Boyd.

“The job of a Chicago police officer is not easy, particularly in a time where there is intensified stress. Everyday life can seem insurmountable at times for anyone, but for police officers the stakes are even higher due to the tireless work that they do to safeguard others,” Brown said.

The superintendent also urged other officers who might be struggling to reach out for help.

“If you see any signs that your colleagues are having trouble coping with stress, please check in on them and let them know you’re there,” he said.

A 2019 study found that Chicago’s police suicide rate was about 60% higher than the national law enforcement average.

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Video shows Atlanta man on FB Live During Ware State Prison Riot; claims men were shot

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The Georgia Department of Corrections has released a statement regarding a riot at the Ware State Prison that left inmates and staff members hurt:

“The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is investigating a disturbance caused by inmates at Ware State Prison in Waycross, Ga., which occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m., August 1. The cause of the disturbance is unknown at this time.

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Two staff members received minor non life-threatening injuries, and three inmates received non life-threatening injuries during the incident. A golf cart was set on fire and several windows were broken, but no major damage to the facility has been reported. Officers deployed non-lethal ammunition, and the incident was brought under control. The facility was locked down at approximately 1:00 a.m., August 2. At no time was public safety at risk.”

It’s said Ware County State Prison is on Lockdown pending investigation. We know how that goes.

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Man who shot and Killed Austin Protestor Garrett Foster is Identified as U.S. Army sergeant Daniel Perry

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AUSTIN, Texas — A lawyer who said he is representing the man who shot Austin protester Garrett Foster July 25 claims the shooter was acting in self-defense. 

Lawyer Clint Broden of the Dallas law firm Broden & Mickelsen identified the shooter as Daniel Perry, an active-duty U.S. Army sergeant who was working as a rideshare driver at the time of the deadly shooting.

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According to Broden, Perry dropped off a rideshare customer near Congress Avenue before turning onto Congress Avenue near Fourth Street. Perry, who said he did not know protests were happening that night, found himself surrounded by a group of protesters. Several of the protesters allegedly beat on Perry’s car. 

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No Charges for Officer in Michael Brown’s Death, Prosecutor Says

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St. Louis County’s prosecutor announced Thursday that he will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds amid a renewed and intense national conversation about racial injustice and the police treatment of people of color.

Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell’s decision marked the third time prosecutors investigated and opted not to charge Darren Wilson, the white officer who fatally shot Brown, a Black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9, 2014. A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson in November 2014, and the U.S. Department of Justice also declined to charge him in March 2015.

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Civil rights leaders and Brown’s parents had hoped that Bell, the county’s first Black prosecutor who took office in January 2019, would see things differently.

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