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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
It will be humid without much sun Tuesday. Expect a high of 85 and a low of 73. Rain and/or a thunderstorm is likely in the afternoon, with a strong storm possible in the evening. [AccuWeather]
Sixty-five people were murdered in Chicago in July, according to Chicago police. But in an op-ed for the Root, Dustin J. Seibert defends Chicago from what he perceives as unnecessary fearmongering and tries to reassure newcomers and tourists that they're unlikely to face danger here. "Those of us who actually live in the city—who care enough to pay attention to what’s going on and are savvy enough not to treat the media as gospel—have a different perspective: We recognize Chicago as the world-class city it is while acknowledging that its problems are at once exigent and overblown," he writes. [The Root] [Sun-Times]
The death of 18-year-old Paul O'Neal wasn't captured by the body camera of the police officer who shot him because the device wasn't working, police said Monday. The Chicago Police Department isn't sure why the camera didn't record the incident. The Independent Police Review Authority will investigate the matter, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. [Sun-Times]
Glenn Evans, formerly a CPD commander, is suing the city, IPRA, and NPR affiliate WBEZ. The lawsuit alleges that "he was the victim of a civil conspiracy that led to his wrongful prosecution on criminal charges," and that "an IPRA employee with a grudge against Evans was out for revenge," DNAinfo reported. Evans was acquitted of charges that he shoved a gun down a suspect's throat. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Twenty-five-year-old Virginia Murray was struck and killed by a truck while riding a Divvy bike in Avondale in July. Her parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming negligence on the part of the driver and his employer, A&B Flooring Supplies. Murray was the first rider to be killed on a bike-share bike anywhere in the country. [Sun-Times]
With thousands of attendees (and too many teenagers), people watching at Lollapalooza rivals the music. Time Out Chicago has rounded up the most entertaining conversations they overheard during the four-day festival. One sampling: "Well, that's what happens when you puke on a cop." [Time Out Chicago]