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Cook County Jail inmate found dead in apparent suicide
Wed Sep 6, 2017 11:50

Cook County Jail inmate found dead in apparent suicide
Nathaniel Griffin Jr. (Chicago Police Department)
Deanese Williams-HarrisContact Reporter
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A Chicago man held on charges of attempted murder was found dead in his cell at Cook County Jail, an apparent suicide, officials said.
Nathaniel Griffin Jr., 23, was found hanging and unresponsive Tuesday by correctional officers, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Cara Smith.

Griffin, of the 7200 block of South Dorchester Avenue, was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m. at the jail, according to the medical examiner's office.

Smtih said the death appeared to be a suicide, but the cause of death was pending autopsy results.

Griffin was accused of firing into a car last fall and wounding two men, 55 and 54, according to police.

Police at the time said the shooting may have been domestic but did not elaborate.

Griffin had been held without bail on attempted murder charges since April 12, Smith said. According to court records, his last court appearance was Aug. 24.

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Detainee dies of apparent suicide at Cook County Jail
CHICAGO NEWS 09/06/2017, 03:15pm
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A detainee who died Tuesday evening at the Cook County Jail committed suicide, according to an autopsy on Wednesday.

Nathaniel Griffin Jr., 23, was found by a correctional officer about 5 p.m. at the jail in the 2700 block of South California, Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cara Smith said.

Griffin, who lived in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, was pronounced dead at the scene less than an hour later, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found that he died from hanging and his death was ruled a suicide.

He was booked into the jail on April 12 on a charge of attempted murder, Smith said. Griffin was ordered held without bond and was detained in Division 9, the jail’s super maximum security division.

West Side Robbery Suspect Dies After Being Held By Chicago Police

The man, 26, was the 2nd person to die in the past week after being taken into custody by authorities.

By Joe Vince (Patch Staff) - Updated September 6, 2017 12:41 pm ET
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West Side Robbery Suspect Dies After Being Held By Chicago Police

CHICAGO, IL — A West Side robbery suspect died Monday night while in Chicago police custody, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The 26-year-old man was taken to a local hospital when he became unresponsive after he was taken into custody in the Lawndale neighborhood. He was the second person to die in the past week while being detained by authorities.

According to Chicago police, the suspect, who has not been identified, was taken into custody at around 8:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, in the 1600 block of South Pulaski Road, the report stated. Officers had been investigating a robbery in the area at that time, the report added.

About 10 minutes later, paramedics took the man in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, the report stated.

He was pronounced dead at around 9:10 p.m. at the hospital, but his identity had not been released as of Tuesday evening. (Get Patch real-time email alerts for the latest news for the West Side and Chicago — or other neighborhoods. And iPhone users: Check out Patch's new app.)

This is the second time in a few days that an individual being held by Chicago police has died. On Tuesday, a Cook County Jail guard found Nathaniel Griffin Jr., 23,
dead in the facility. According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Griffin allegedly killed himself. He was facing an attempted murder charge and had been ordered held without bail since April 12.

Gov hopeful Biss dumps alderman as running mate over Israel remarks
CHICAGO NEWS 09/06/2017, 07:03pm
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa at the City Council meeting. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Brian Jackson/ For the Sun-Times
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss has dropped running mate Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa from his ticket amid backlash over comments the rookie alderman made about Israel.

The decision comes less than a week after the state senator from Evanston tapped the young 35th Ward alderman as his pick for lieutenant governor.

“Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and I have reached a difficult decision about our ticket. As of today, I’ll be moving forward with a new running mate,” Biss said in a statement. “Growing up with an Israeli mother, grandparents who survived the Holocaust, and great-grandparents who did not survive, issues related to the safety and security of the Jewish people are deeply personal to me.”

The 28-year-old Northwest Side alderman took the decision in stride, tweeting late Wednesday afternoon, “It’s been an interesting 6 days. If anybody wants to talk and grab a drink meet me at Crown at Milwaukee and Kimball at 8:00pm tonight.”
Biss announced Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate on Aug. 31, describing him as the grandson of immigrants, the son of educators, a community organizer, congressional caseworker and alderman. Ramirez-Rosa is also one of the first openly gay Latinos elected to the Chicago City Council and was a delegate for Bernie Sanders.

At issue are comments Ramirez-Rosa made last year about U.S. divestment from Israel. Speaking to the Real News Network, he said the U.S. government “has subsidized the oppression of the Palestinian people, and it’s time that stopped.”

“I have not heard much discussion about the relationship of the U.S. with Israel, with divesting from Israel to support the people of Palestine. Not a lot of that was discussed this weekend. And I think that’s a conversation it needs to be had,” Ramirez-Rosa said.

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider on Sunday withdrew his endorsement of Biss. That came amid pressure from groups, and after Schneider’s Republican opponent Jeremy Wynes criticized his gubernatorial endorsement.
“I was immediately concerned about some of Alderman Ramirez-Rosa’s past comments about the United States support of our ally Israel, and his affiliation with a group that is an outspoken supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel,” the North Shore Democrat wrote in a Facebook post.

Democratic candidate for governor, Daniel Biss, participates in a debate at PUSH/Rainbow Coalition convention on Friday, June 14, 2017. File Photo. | Santiago Covarrubias/For the Sun-Times

The Palestinian-led movement encourages boycotts of companies that do business with Israel.

Ramirez-Rosa in a statement Wednesday said “the difference of opinion we have on the role the BDS movement plays at the federal level would make it impossible to continue moving forward as a ticket.”

But some expressed disappointment in the decision. Clem Balanoff, who helped to run Sanders’ Illinois campaign, released a statement on behalf of Our Revolution Illinois citing his disappointment.

“Ald. Ramirez-Rosa was a delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential election and is a leading progressive voice in the Chicago City Council,” Balanoff said in a statement. “We are proud of Carlos for the integrity he has shown in standing by his convictions as a strong and unwavering advocate for working families. We believe he was an excellent candidate for Lt. Governor and are saddened that his voice will be missing from Sen. Biss’ campaign.”

But Richard Goldberg, former chief of staff to Gov. Bruce Rauner, said it was the right decision, calling the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement “at its core … a political manifestation of anti-Semitism.

“Under Governor Rauner’s leadership, Illinois became the first state in America to divest its public pension funds from companies that participate in BDS. This should always be a bipartisan issue and I applaud Congressman Schneider and Senator Biss for making clear to the far-left that BDS has no place in the Democratic Party.”

Biss will have to find another running mate in order to start gathering signatures.

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