Questions linger about body camera on cop who shot Paul O'Neal, and other Chicago news


Demonstrators confronted police officers Friday as they protested the fatal police shooting of Paul O'Neal last month. - PHOTO BY JOSHUA LOTT/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Demonstrators confronted police officers Friday as they protested the fatal police shooting of Paul O'Neal last month.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, August 8, 2016.

  • Weather: A beautiful Monday

The weather will be beautiful and sunny, with a high of 84 and a low of 71. [AccuWeather]

  • Protests erupt after Paul O'Neal video release; CPD chief addresses body camera issue

Demonstrators took to the streets over the weekend following the release of videos from the Paul O'Neal fatal police shooting. While the videos released show the aftermath, the officer who shot O'Neal did not have his body camera on at the time of the shooting. Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson says that the cop had only had the camera for about a week and wasn't good at using it yet. But many activists don't believe that explanation, and are calling the explanation a cover-up. [Associated Press via ABC News] [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Zika virus reaches Illinois as 46 cases are reported

The Illinois Public Health Department announced that there are 46 known Zika cases in Illinois residents, including several pregnant women. Three pregnant women tested positive for the Zika virus and another five women have either Dengue fever or Zika. [NBC Chicago]

  • Chicago Public Schools layoffs include nearly 500 teachers

Nearly 1,000 Chicago Public Schools employees, including almost 500 teachers, got pink slips Friday. The good news is that laid-off staff members can apply for the approximately 1,000 open jobs at other schools in the district. About 60 percent of laid-off teachers have gotten another job with CPS in the past, according to CPS. [WGN]

  • Jaime Andrade Jr., state representative and Uber driver

If you catch a ride with Uber driver Jaime Andrade Jr., there's a reason he might look familiar: he's also a state representative. Andrade has been driving for the ride-sharing service about 50 hours a week to pay his bills, since he's not getting paid regularly by the state due to the budget impasse. "I had no choice," Andrade told DNAinfo Chicago. "It was either that or get a full-time job, which doesn't allow me to fulfill my requirements as a state rep." [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Drama behind the scenes of West Rogers Park cat cafe

There's been more drama than expected at Tree House Humane Society, which is working to open the city's first cat cafe. The project is about $1 million over its budget, and the nonprofit still needs to raise about $3 million in funding. The cat cafe is set to open behind schedule in late 2016. [Tribune]

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