Police believe Chicago officers were targeted; no federal charges for cops in Baton Rouge; Texas officer terminated after shooting teen; and more headlines to start your Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Police say Chicago officers shot and wounded were targeted

 

CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded late Tuesday when two vehicles pulled up alongside their car and someone started firing indiscriminately in what authorities believe was a targeted attack.

 

One officer was shot in the arm and hip and the other in the back, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson visited them at Stroger Hospital and said both were alert and expected to recover.

 

"We believe that the officers were definitely targeted," Guglielmi told The Associated Press.

 

The shooting happened in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a high crime area on the city's South Side.

 

 

 

AP Sources: Justice will not charge Baton Rouge officers

 

BATON ROUGE, La. — The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video, fueling protests in Louisiana's capital and beyond, The Associated Press has learned.

 

Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after the July 5, 2016, police shooting that killed Alton Sterling, 37, outside a convenience store where he was selling homemade CDs.

 

The department's decision doesn't preclude state authorities from conducting their own investigation and pursuing their own criminal charges.

 

 

 

Police officer who shot and killed Texas teen is fired

 

BALCH SPRINGS, Texas — Police in suburban Dallas fired the officer Tuesday who shot and killed a black 15-year-old boy riding in a vehicle leaving a chaotic house party, taking the swift action sought by the teenager's family and protesters who link the case to other deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

 

The Balch Springs, Texas, officer, identified as Roy Oliver, was terminated for violating department policies in the shooting death of Jordan Edwards, police chief Jonathan Haber said.

 

Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving the party with his two brothers and two other teenagers Saturday night. Police arrived at the scene to investigate an underage drinking complaint and spotted the vehicle leaving. Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away.

 

 

 

More rain means more worry in flooded parts of Midwest

 

ST. LOUIS — Flooded areas of the Midwest are bracing for another round of heavy rain, the last thing they need with rivers in several places at or near record levels.

 

Heavy rain last weekend resulted in a sudden rise in rivers in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. After a couple of days of calm weather, forecasters expect 2 inches of rain or more in parts of the same hard-hit areas Wednesday through Thursday.

 

Missouri has gotten the worst of it so far. Five people have died in Missouri flooding, and several towns have sustained damage.

 

 

 

Obamas to visit Chicago to discuss planned library, museum

 

CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Chicago for a community meeting to discuss their planned library and museum.

 

The Obamas will host a round table discussion Wednesday to "update the community" on the progress of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side. The Obamas are also expected to hear from community members on their ideas for the library.

 

New York-based Ralph Appelbaum Associates will head a team of several firms and individuals with expertise in media, lighting and acoustics in designing exhibits.