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Dr. Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Emanuel: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Dr. Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel. (Getty)

President Donald Trump will be meeting with Dr. Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, the architect of Obamacare, on Monday to talk about health care reform, the White House says.

Emanuel, who is a former member of the Obama administration and the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Trump will sit down at 11:30 a.m. in the Oval Office, along with Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Health and Human Services Director Tom Price, as the Republicans attempt to gain support for their health care bill.

Emanuel has defended Obamacare and has criticized the GOP plan to repeal and replace it.

Here’s what you need to know about Dr. Emanuel:

1. Emanuel Has Recently Been Hired by Fox News as a Contributor & Met With Trump in December

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel was recently hired by Fox News as a contributor to offer healthcare and policy analysis on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, according to Variety. He has appeared on the network several times to discuss Obamacare and the Republican plan to repeal and replace.

His meeting Monday at the White House will not be the first time he has sat down with President Donald Trump. He met with him in December when Trump, then the president-elect, was preparing to take office, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“I think the president-elect has been very clear that Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced. He is looking at all ideas. I think even folks like Dr. Emanuel has talked about ways in which to improve upon it,” Sean Spicer told the Sun-Times after Emanuel’s Trump Tower meeting with the president-elect. “I think it continues to show the open mind at which (Trump) approaches all of these problems.”

Emanuel talked to CNBC about the meeting in January, saying “The one thing I really got from him, … as he said on the campaign trail, he does want to create a system that Americans can be proud of that has universal coverage, and he wants it to be bipartisan.”

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2. He Has Claimed the GOP’s Healthcare Plan Is in a ‘Death Spiral’

In an interview on Fox Business earlier this month, which you can watch above, Emanuel said the GOP healthcare plan is “in a death spiral.”

He said the “Freedom Caucus, which has said it doesn’t like (Paul) Ryan’s plan, and you also have, by the way, every major medical association voting against Speaker Ryan’s plan. … Doctors and hospitals are against this plan. It is definitely going down.”

Emanuel previously told Salon he doesn’t think Obamacare is a “disaster,” but, “although this may seem counterintuitive, Trump is actually well positioned to make great improvements to the health care system.”

Emanuel told Salon that Trump and Republicans have a “tremendous opportunity to do enormous good for the nation,” but could also “create chaos.”

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3. He Grew Up in Chicago as the Son of a Jerusalem-Born Pediatrician & Went to Harvard Law School

Ezekiel Emanuel, Ryan Lizza and EJ Dionne attend The New Yorker’s David Remnick Hosts White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend Pre-Party at W Hotel Rooftop on April 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Emanuel, 59, grew up in Chicago. His father, Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, was born in Jerusalem and worked as a pediatrician, providing free care to poor immigrants, according to the Washingtonian. His mother, Marsha Smulevitz Emanuel, a Chicago native, was a nurse and social worker who was involved in civil rights.

His younger brother, Rahm Emanuel, is the mayor of Chicago. His youngest brother, Ari Emanuel, is the head of a Hollywood talent agency, William Morris Endeavor. He also has an adopted sister, Shoshana Emanuel, who has cerebral palsy.

“We don’t accept the current circumstances as somehow given,” Zeke told the Washingtonian in an interview about him and his brothers. “We’re always challenging. We want to know, ‘Can it be better? Let’s make it better.’ It often comes across as we don’t respect authority a lot.”

Emanuel graduated from Amherst College in 1979 and received his master’s degree from the University of Oxford in biochemistry. He then followed in his father’s footsteps, attending Harvard University Medical School.

He completed his residency at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Emanuel is divorced and has three daughters.

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4. Emanuel Worked as a Professor at Harvard Before Entering the Public Sector, Working for NIH & the Obama Administration

Ezekiel Emanuel, Annie Lowry and Ezra Klein attend The New Yorker’s David Remnick Hosts White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend Pre-Party at W Hotel Rooftop on April 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

After working at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as an oncologist, Emanuel turned to academic medicine, according to his biography.

He worked as an associate professor at Harvard Medical School until 1997.

Emanuel then began working in the public sector, first as the Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the Clinical Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

In 2009, Emanuel joined the Obama administration to help craft its health care reform plan. He worked as the Special Advisor for Health Policy to Peter Orszag, then the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Emanuel left the White House in 2011 and moved to the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the head of the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy.

He has written and edited nine books and more than 200 scientific articles.

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5. Obamacare Opponents Called Him the ‘Deadly Doctor,’ Falsely Claiming He Wanted to Limit Treatment for the Elderly & Disabled Youth


Emanuel was a major target of Obamacare opponents during the efforts to get the Affordable Care Act passed. He was dubbed a “deadly doctor” in a 2009 New York Post piece.

The article’s author, and other opponents of the bill, falsely claimed Emanuel wanted to limit treatment for the elderly and children with disabilities for the greater good.

“Emanuel wants doctors to look beyond the needs of their patients and consider social justice, such as whether the money could be better spent on somebody else,” Post columnist Betsy McCaughey wrote in July 2009. “Many doctors are horrified by this notion; they’ll tell you that a doctor’s job is to achieve social justice one patient at a time.”

Emanuel, according to McCaughey, says, “Don’t give much care to a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy.”

Sarah Palin attacked Emanuel, saying he has “Orwellian” thoughts and wants to put in place an evil system with “death panels”

Emanuel told Time, “I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. It is incredible how much one’s reputation can be besmirched and taken out of context.”

He told Time, “I guess I have a better appreciation for what Rahm had to go through for years and years. I am an Emanuel. We are pretty thick-skinned. I am not going to change my colors. I am not going to crawl under a rock.”

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Chicago Facebook Live Gang Rape Video: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped in Chicago on Facebook Live, and the dozens of people watching the video stream did nothing to stop the assault, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reports that 40 people watched the Facebook Live rape. The girl’s mother spoke to a Chicago reporter. You can watch that video above.

The girl was missing for several days before police rescued the teen after her mother confronted the city’s police chief with photos. The girl is not being identified by Heavy because she is a juvenile and a victim of sexual assault, although she was named in some Chicago media reports.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Girl’s Mother Confronted Police Chief Eddie Johnson With Screenshots From the Video

The victim’s mother spurred an investigation after she went up to Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson as he left a station on Chicago’s west side, AP reports.

The mother showed him photos of the girl being assaulted, and Johnson ordered an immediate investigation, police said. CBS Chicago described it as a “chance encounter” between the mother and police chief because she was going to the station to report her daughter missing.

“I’m a father with two daughters, and I could see the pain in her face, and I want her to know that CPD is here to help you,” Johnson told a CBS2 reporter.

The police spokesman wrote on Twitter that police were working “around the clock” to find the girl before they located her. She was “sexually assaulted on Facebook,” the spokesman wrote.

The teen had vanished after going to a store, and her uncle found the Facebook Live video, according to The Chicago Tribune.

A police alert described her as being “last seen wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt and a green jacket in the 1400 block of South Avers.”

However, according to the Tribune, police found the girl a few minutes later “walking about four blocks from her home…She appeared to be in ‘good condition’ and was returned to her mother.”

2. Police Are Seeking as Many as Six Suspects & the Girl’s Mother Labeled the Video ‘Disgusting’

NBC 5 reported that police say they are seeking between five and six suspects in the alleged Facebook Live rape.

According to the television station, police say they are both juveniles and adults. The victim’s mother described the video as “disgusting, it’s so disgusting” to CBS Chicago and “said the video showed her daughter in various stages of undress with several young men. She said her daughter appeared to be scared.”

According to CBS Chicago, the mother added, “For you to do something like that and then to post it up on Facebook like it’s a joke, it’s just terrible. I know they’ll get their day coming.”

WGN-TV reported that detectives are tracking down the owner of the Facebook account that streamed the video.

On March 21, the police spokesman tweeted that the girl “was found by 10th district officers. She is now at the Area with her mother & detectives are conducting interviews.”

3. The People Watching the Stream Live Took No Action, Police Say

Facebook Live has sparked a new generation of crime, in which people watch horrors streamed online and take no action. It happened in Florida, where a mother is accused of trolling her daughter in comments as the teenager streamed her suicide live on Facebook (she denies the accusations).

It brings to mind a modern version of the Kitty Genovese murder, in which a New York woman’s slaying on a city street in front of witnesses who didn’t act became a parable of indifference to other people’s suffering.

And, now, Chicago police say 40 people watched the gang rape video live and did nothing, according to NBC 5.

“Here’s what’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw it and didn’t pick up the phone to dial 911,” Johnson told WGN-TV. “That’s not right. It’s just not right.”

A principal had tweeted about the girl’s success last year, saying she was accepted into a technical high school in Chicago and adding, “Congratulations…We are so proud of you.”

However, it’s not the first time the girl has gone missing, according to WGN-TV, which reported, “The teen has disappeared once before but her mother says she was found later that day in a neighborhood park.”

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4. Facebook Has Removed the Video at the Request of Police

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Chicago Police Department Headquarters on September 21, 2016.(Getty)

Unlike other Facebook Live videos, the disturbing video has not appeared online since it was removed from Facebook.

The police spokesman told The Chicago Sun-Times that Superintendent “Johnson immediately ordered an investigation and the department contacted Facebook to take down the video, which it did.”

WGN-TV said it saw screen grabs from the video, and they were “too graphic” to be broadcast on television.

5. Chicago Has Seen Other Crimes Streamed Live on Facebook

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Clockwise from top left: Brittany Covington, Tanishia Covington, Tesfaye Cooper and Jordan Hill. (Chicago Police)

Four people faced hate crime and felony charges, including kidnapping, after a “disturbing” and “brutal” video showing a man with “mental health challenges” being tied up, beaten and tortured was streamed live on Facebook “for the entire world to see,” Chicago police said.

That incident occurred in early January and caused outrage throughout the country.

In the video, one of the attackers made derogatory comments about Donald Trump throughout the nearly 30-minutes of footage. You can learn more about that Facebook Live video here:

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Girl Born With 4 Legs Has Surgery in Chicago: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

An Ivory Coast girl born with four legs and two spines underwent a rare operation in Chicago to fix the deformities.

The girl – whose name is only given as Dominique – is 10-months-old, and she is currently residing with a Chicago foster family while she recovers.

The family has posted numerous photos of the beautiful child on Facebook. Dominique has charmed people with her vibrant smile.

The child successfully underwent the complicated surgery on March 8.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Dominique Was Born With What Is Called a ‘Parasitic Twin’

A hospital video shows the child had four legs and two spines, a rare condition caused by a “parasitic twin” in Dominique’s body.

According to CNN, the condition is known as “a parasitic twin, where the underdeveloped twin formed incompletely and was entirely dependent on Dominique’s body. She was born with her parasitic twin’s waist, legs and feet growing out of her back.”

2. A Chicago Woman Saw a Photo of the Child on Facebook & Was Moved by Dominique’s Plight

A Chicago woman named Nancy Swabb saw a post on Facebook “about the need for a host family for a 9-month-old girl for two months while she received medical care in Park Ridge, Illinois. The post came from Children’s Medical Mission West, a nonprofit that helps transport children around the world to receive free medical care for rare conditions and issues,” CNN reported.

Swabb and her family stepped in to help the child, reported CNN, taking Dominique to hospital appointments and helping the girl with her recovery.

Swabb wrote on Facebook, “Dominique’s surgery took place on Wed, March 8 at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. She was discharged mid-afternoon on Monday, March 13. Dominique woke up the next morning to her first SNOW! (Ivory Coast temps have been in the mid 90s!) Glad we took a few photos because the snow melted quickly and now it’s officially spring!”

A YouCaring site was set up to raise money to help other children needing life-saving surgeries.

3. Dominique Is Recovering Well

According to Swabb’s posts on Facebook, Dominique is recovering well.

“First day post-surgery at home, Dominique spent the day in her pj’s, and why not? We took it easy and took cues from her whether she was in pain or not. The girl’s a trooper!” she wrote.

“I think we’ve used Tylenol twice in the week since she’s been home. We didn’t venture out much last week. By the weekend, though, we were ready for something new and exciting… food! Dominique enjoyed her first cereal, Baby Mum Mums (rice teething biscuits) and Super Puffs (grain cereal snacks)!”

4. Dominique Will Return to the Ivory Coast, Where Her Father Is a Teacher

When Dominique recovers enough to travel, she will be returned to her family in the Ivory Coast, where her father works as a teacher.

Wrote Swabb on Facebook, “Ten-month-old Dominique is the well-loved, chubby-cheeked baby in her family. We have learned that she has three older sisters! And we found out that her dad works as a primary school teacher. They live in the city of Abidjan, on the Atlantic coast, which is the economic capital of Cote d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in West Africa. Almost 24 million people live in this former French colony.”

She added, “Every day of this journey I think about Dominique’s mama and daddy, both of whom love her so much. They connected with CMM to help their beautiful girl. They sent her to the States with escorts they do not know. They entrusted us, a family they do not know, to care for their daughter for two months in our home. And they have put faith and confidence in doctors they have never met to change their sweet girl’s life.”

5. It Took Five Doctors to Correct the Deformity

According to Reuters, Dominique “underwent a six-hour procedure involving five surgeons at the Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.”

“A parasitic twin is an identical twin that fails to fully separate in development,” John R. Ruge, a pediatric neurosurgeon at the hospital, explained to Reuters. “In other words, not another independent twin, but a twin that was dependent on her body system, such that Dominique’s heart and lungs provided the nourishment.”

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Thelma Krause, Jerry’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Legendary Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause died on March 21 at age 77. He is survived by his wife Thelma, and his two stepchildren, Stacy and David. Krause was best known as the executive behind the six NBA Finals Championships the Bulls won between 1991 and 1998 with Michael Jordan leading the way on the court.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Krause died after battling several health issues, including osteomyeltis.

Here’s what you need to know about Krause’s wife and family.

1. Thelma Said She Couldn’t Read Newspapers When Her Husband Was the Target of Critics

In a 1996 Chicago Tribune profile of her husband, Thelma said she stopped reading newspapers at the time because her husband was the target of critics for several moves he made at the time, including trading for Dennis Rodman.

“I came to understand that in the media, everyone has their own agenda,” Thelma told the Tribune. “They aren’t looking for Jerry to be their friend but for what he can do for them. I guess I have understood that, but frankly, I don’t read the newspapers anymore.”

“I went nuts when I read that,” Thelma she recalled when asked about reports that there was acrimony between Krause and Michael Jordan. “I really lost it. Nothing again will ever allow me to feel that way. In a sense, it has toughened my skin, and I am at peace with it.”

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2. Krause Said in 1990 He Wanted to Win a Title ‘For My Wife’

In a 1990 Chicago Reader profile, Krause said he not only wanted to win an NBA Finals title for the city he grew up in, but also for his wife.

“It would mean something special to me to win a championship ring in this town,” Krause told the Chicago Reader. “I grew up here. I have a father lying in a grave here; I want to win one for him. I want to win one for my wife and family; I want to win one for Karen Stack, my top assistant; I want to win one for all the people in the front office; I want to win one for Jerry Reinsdorf, who gave me a chance; I want to win one for all the old scouts who never got their chance.”

Krause also told the magazine at the time that he would watch games with Thelma in the seats, sitting next to him. He would get so into a game that he’d refuse to speak. “My wife says I’m silent like a sphinx. But to me it ain’t like going to the theater. This ain’t play; it’s my life,” he said.

In that same Chicago Reader profile, sportswriter Bill Gleason credited Thelma with cleaning up Krause’s “look.”

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3. Thelma Supported Krause Through His Health Problems

Thelma was by Krause’s side in recent years as he dealt with a series of health issues. “Thel has been through this with me,” Krause told the Chicago Tribune in 2016. “It has been tough.”

Krause dreamed of being a scout until the day he died, but he had to retire in 2016. He was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, a bone infection, and doctors were unable to successfully treat it. He also had two heart surgeries and prostate surgery and had sleep apnea. He considered a “good day” one when he got at least five hours of sleep.

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4. Michael Jordan Offered Her His Condolences in a Statement

In a statement to TMZ Sports, Michael Jordan offered Thelma his condolences.

“Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends,” Jordan said.

Krause and Jordan often butted heads during the ’90s. He also feuded with Phil Jackson, but the Bulls still on their sixth title in 1998.

Roland Lazenby quotes Kruase as saying in Mindgames: Phil Jackson’s Long Strange Journey that he believed Jordan got the credit when the Bulls won and he was blamed when the Bulls lost. One time, the fans were booing Jerry so loudly that Thelma broke down in tears during a game.

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5. Thelma Had 2 Children From a Previous Relationship

Thelma had two children, Stacy and David. Krause is also survived by their four grandchildren, Colette, Josh, Mia and Riley.

“The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause,” Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the ’90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family.”

Krause was the Bulls’ GM from March 1985 to April 2003, for 18 seasons, before leaving the NBA.

“Jerry was a great basketball executive who I was fortunate to have worked for when I first joined the Bulls,” current Bulls GM Gar Forman said in a statement. “For those that did not know him, Jerry was an even better person. He was a quality human being who treated everyone great. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

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Felix Torres: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


A Chicago man was shot and seriously wounded by an Immigration and Custom Enforcement agent during a raid on a home in the city’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood Monday morning, authorities and the victim’s family say.

The circumstances surrounding the ICE raid remain unclear, but the man who was shot, Felix Torres, 53, was not the target of the operation, DNAInfo Chicago reports.

Torres and his wife are legal permanent residents of the United States. Their children are U.S. citizens. Several other people live in the house, but none of them are undocumented, the family says.

A spokesperson for ICE told the news site that they were trying to arrest another person. who has not been named, at the home when Torres opened the door and was shot.

According to a press release from ICE, Homeland Security Investigations special agents “attempted to make an arrest in Chicago, when a second individual pointed a weapon toward agents. As a result, a special agent discharged his firearm and shot the individual, injuring him.”

Chicago Police told WLS-TV two weapons were found at the scene, but it is not clear who they belong to. But Torres’ family said he doesn’t own a gun and didn’t point a weapon at the agents.

“I don’t know if there was some sort of mistake here or what,” attorney Thomas Hallock, who is representing the family, told the Chicago Tribune. “But it’s all pretty bizarre.”

The Chicago Police Department said in a statement it was not a part of the raid, but has joined the investigation into the shooting incident.

Torres was shot in the arm and remained hospitalized on Tuesday.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Torres Was Shot ‘Without Cause … Immediately Upon Opening the Door to See What the Commotion Was’ Outside His Home, His Attorney Says

Felix Torres was shot during a raid that was launched on his home by ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents about 6:30 a.m. Monday in the 6100 block of West Grand Avenue, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement.

Torres was shot in the arm and was taken to a local hospital, where he remains in serious condition. He has been identified by his family and attorney.

Thomas Hallock, his attorney, told CBS News that Torres heard a pounding at his door, answered it and was shot “without cause.” Hallock said his client was not armed with a gun, disputing police reports he pointed a weapon at the agents.

“He was shot immediately, or almost immediately, upon opening his door to see what the commotion was outside of his residence,” Hallock told reporters Monday, after speaking with his client at a local hospital. He told the Chicago Tribune there were about seven or eight people in the house, including children.

“They’re all citizens. I just don’t know yet why [ICE agents] were involved. We’re still trying to figure out what really was going on here,” he told DNAInfo.

“I don’t know that they had a warrant, but they certainly made forced entry into the house,” Hallock told the newspaper.

Torres’ daughter, Carmen, told DNAInfo she was sleeping in the basement of her home with her husband and their 1-year-old daughter when the ICE agents burst through the front door of the home.

“They didn’t say anything. They just came in and pointed pistols in our faces and dragged us out,” Carmen Torres said. “We didn’t even have time to dress or grab milk for the baby.”

Carmen Torres told the news website, “It’s a lie when they say he was holding a gun He doesn’t even own a gun. They shot my dad. They shot him, and I don’t know why.”

She told NBC Chicago, “My dad doesn’t have any guns, my dad just went to see what’s going on. He just opened the door and they just shot him.”

ICE and Chicago Police have not released any other details about the incident, other than saying Torres pointed a gun at the agent, leading to the shooting.

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2. Torres & His Wife Came to America Legally From Mexico & Have Lived in Their Chicago House for About 30 Years, the Family Says

Felix Torres and his wife came to America legally from Mexico several years ago, his daughter, Carmen Torres, told NBC Chicago. Everyone else in the home is either a legal resident or a U.S. citizen, the family and their attorney told reporters on Monday.

“They are all just really good people and they don’t deserve it, what’s happening right now. They don’t deserve any of it,” Mercedes Tavares, a family friend who lives in the home, told ABC 7. “”I feel like they’re picking on us. That’s not cool, cause we don’t do nothing. We’re just around. This is where we live.”

Three children were among the eight people in the home, Carmen Torres told NBC Chicago.

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3. ICE Hasn’t Said Who the Target of the Raid Was or Why That Person Was Wanted

ICE and Chicago Police have not yet said who the target of the raid was. According to Chicago Police it was a “federal enforcement initiative” that the department “did not participate in.”

CBS Chicago reports the target of the raid was one of Torres’ sons. His 23-year-old son was briefly detained, but it is not known if he was the man the agents were looking for.

According to ABC 7, the investigation was possibly related to a weapons offense, not anything immigration related.

“Why was, basically, ICE here? What was the reason ICE was here?” Rosa Reyes of Communities United said in an interview with the news station. “If it has to do with a police matter, it has to be the actual police from Belmont-Cragin taking care of the matter, not ICE.”

Thomas Hallock, the Torres’ family attorney, said the 23-year-old son was taken in for questioning and was asked about his citizenship, but not the shooting or “any other crime,” DNAInfo reports.

He was eventually released. The son is facing felony gun possession charges and was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday in that case, the Chicago Tribune reports. But it is not clear if that is related to the ICE raid.

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4. A City Alderman Says the ‘Guns Blazing Raid’ on a Home Filled With ‘Sleeping Kids’ Is Why Chicago Shouldn’t Work With ICE

The shooting has led to concern among city officials. Alderman Gilbert Villegas, who represents the 36th Ward, which includes the area where the shooting occurred, said he has questions about the “legitimacy” of the operation, even if the ICE agent “defend himself” from potential danger.

“We’re going to have to talk to CPD to find out if this was a coordinated effort, because if it was in any way, that raises concerns about us as a sanctuary city,” Villegas said in an interview with DNAInfo. “Is this our future in Chicago with Donald Trump as president?”

Villegas said, “The community’s got to be nervous about this, and rightfully so, because you have a right to be in your own home without being intimidated. I’m conflicted because I haven’t got all the details yet, but from the way this has started to play out, it looks like an overstep by an overzealous ICE agent who’s just trying to follow Trump’s orders.”

Another city official, Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa said in a statement the shooting shows why Chicago shouldn’t cooperate with ICE.

“My heart goes out to Felix Torres and the eight members of his family terrorized by ICE’s early morning guns blazing raid. ICE’s guns blazing raid on a northwest side home filled with sleeping kids is exactly why the City of Chicago should refuse to collaborate with ICE,” Ramirez-Rosa said in a statement. “ICE routinely violates the American people’s constitutional rights. This guns blazing ICE raid deepens my resolve to organize my community so we can keep each other safe from the threat posed by ICE.”

State Senator Omar Aquino also issued a statement:

I am saddened and disturbed to hear that a man was shot in the arm by ICE agents this morning in Belmont-Cragin. While it is important to wait for all of the facts, stories like these should make everybody nervous about living in Donald Trump’s America. The immigrants that I represent, both documented and undocumented, should be able to contribute to our communities without worrying about government harassment. We must continue to work at the local and state level to protect rights that are under attack at the federal level.

The shooting came in the same week that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would cut funding to “sanctuary cities.” The city of Chicago’s council unanimously approved a resolution to renew its status as a sanctuary city last week, meaning local police will not help federal authorities find and deport undocumented immigrants, DNAInfo reports.

Villegas told WGN-TV he doesn’t think it was a coordinated effort by Chicago Police and ICE.

“I think it’s overzealous,” he told the news station. “I think it’s overreaction by the federal government on something as simple as arresting someone on an outstanding warrant.”

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5. ICE Has Launched an Internal Investigation & Chicago Police Will Also ‘Investigate the Underlying Criminal Offense’


In a statement, an ICE spokesperson said few details can be released about the incident.

“Any time an ICE officer or special agent discharges their firearm in the line of duty, the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility reviews the matter. Due to the ongoing review, no further details will be released at this time,” the statement said.

City officials said they hope ICE provides some answers about what happened.

“They’re treating our office like we’re nobody, so that tells me that I have to talk to the congressmen and the senators to get some answers on this issue, but this is very alarming,” said Alderman Gilbert Villegas told ABC 7 News.

Chicago Police said in a statement it has joined the probe into the shooting.

“CPD officers did not participate in the federal initiative today, but officers responded quickly to the shooting involving the federal agent,” the statement said. “CPD will investigate the underlying criminal offense and work in collaboration with (the Department of Homeland Security) and the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.”

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