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Chicago Woman Arrested For Trying To Kill Her Ex-Girlfriend’s New Partner Via Hitman

A Chicago woman has been arrested for trying to hire a hitman to kill the woman now dating her ex-girlfriend. Lissette Ortiz, 54, planned to flee to Puerto Rico after the woman was murdered, but she didn’t plan for the hitman being an undercover cop. Ortiz had offered a man, who remains anonymous, either a TV and $500 or $5,000 for the name of a hitman. The man immediately contacted the Chicago Police Department, who asked him to give the name of an undercover police officer. 

Ortiz met with the undercover cop, thinking he was the man who would kill Washington’s new girlfriend, on Nov. 20, and sat in the car with him for an hour. She detailed how she wanted the woman to burn alive in her car, and to know that it was Ortiz who was behind it all.

Lissette Ortiz told the undercover police officer exactly how he wanted to kill the woman, and how she would stage her alibi.

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Ortiz believes that the woman, who remains anonymous, was the reason for her breakup with an ex-girlfriend, Marni Washington. Cook County Assistant State Attorney Jack Costello told ABC that, at first, Ortiz asked the anonymous man to “kidnap the victim and bring the victim to her so she could take care of the rest.” When the anonymous man turned informant and led her to an undercover cop, the story became much more gruesome. Ortiz “told the undercover that her plan after the undercover kidnapped and delivered the victim to her was to put the victim into a car while tied up and set the car on fire in a remote location,” Costello told the outlet. Her plan seemed to continue to evolve as she sat in the car with the man she believed would kill this woman. 

Later, she said that she wanted him to be the one to take the victim to the remote location in mind and set her and her car on fire.

Ortiz wanted the woman killed before Thanksgiving so that she never spent a holiday in the home where Ortiz once lived.

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Assistant State Attorney Costello told ABC that Ortiz wanted “the crime to occur prior to Thanksgiving so that the victim could not celebrate the holiday in the home” that Ortiz used to share with Washington. Still, Ortiz planned to be on vacation while the woman was burning to death. “She was sure authorities would be looking for her after the murder and she wanted to have an alibi,” Costello told the outlet. 

Instead of boarding that flight to Puerto Rico, Ortiz’s recorded conversation with the undercover cop will likely land her anywhere from 20 to 40 years in prison. In addition to plotting Washington’s girlfriend’s death, Ortiz admitted to the cop that this would be her second attempt at murder-by-hitman. The first time she hired a hitman, he ran away with her money.

It seems as if Ortiz attempted to use the legal system to retaliate against Washington once before.

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Marni Washington, 50, is a Chicago police officer assigned to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s security detail with over 17 years on the force. Washington and Ortiz shared a home together in the Galewood neighborhood of Northwest Chicago, but, as their relationship deteriorated over the course of a year, Washington asked Ortiz to move out in May. Later, Ortiz alleged that Washington pinned her against a wall, leaving a bruise on her collarbone on June 27, and pressed charges. On July 3, Washington turned herself in, after a warrant was posted for her arrest. Washington was booked and paid her bond of $10,000. Washington was placed on paid desk-duty during the duration of her trial.

After a full day of trial in mid-August, Domestic Violence Court Judge Megan Goldish cleared Washington of all charges, citing in-home surveillance videos that showed no physical altercation. The defense provided images of Ortiz taken the following day of the alleged assault that showed Ortiz had no bruises and even contradicted her own testimony, during which she said Washington took her car keys away from her. Images of Ortiz holding car keys in her hand had weakened her credibility. As Judge Goldish cleared the charges, Washington reportedly smiled, while Ortiz stormed out of the courtroom, shouting, “This is unfair! You know you erased that video.”

Ortiz has an arrest history on theft charges and is currently being held without bond.  If convicted, Ortiz will face 20 to 40 years in prison.

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Students Hold Sit-In To Protest Teacher Who Told Their Classmate To ‘Go Back To Your Country’

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Students Hold Sit-In To Protest Teacher Who Told Their Classmate To ‘Go Back To Your Country’

A group of students at Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago held a sit-in this week to protest a racist comment made by a gym teacher. According to students, a group of students stayed seated during the national anthem and a gym teacher told a Latina student to “go back to your country” in response.

Nicholas Senn High School students in Chicago held a sit-in to protest a teacher’s offensive comment.

According to NBC News, 17-year-old Yésica Salazar said she was at a Hispanic Heritage Month assembly when the Pledge of Allegiance was performed. She and other students remained seated as a form of protest against the anti-immigration rhetoric and policies in the country.

The incident allegedly occurred as the students were leaving the assembly for not standing. When they left, a teacher stopped the student and told her that she should “go back to your country.”

A video on Twitter shows the principal addressing the protesting students.

“I notified everybody within three hours of receiving the report. It is all in writing,” Principal Mary Beck told the students. “It is all time-stamped. I did my job. I continue to follow through based on the guidelines and policies that we have in place. Every time.”

Despite the answer, the students chanted back at her saying, “So, why is he still here?”

The school is predominately Latino and Black.

Senn High School is predominantly Latino and black. According to data, Nicholas Senn High School is 25.8 percent Black, 42.3 percent Latino, 11.2 percent white, and 17.5 percent Asian.

The “go back to your country” comment has grown in popularity since President Trump took office. There have been examples of comment shared all over social media and is directed to Black, brown, and Asian people. There have even been instances when people have used this phrase against Native American people. To be clear, it has nothing to do with immigration and everything to do with racism.

People on social media are celebrating the students for holding people in power at their school accountable.

What do you think about the protest and response?

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A 25-Year-Old Woman Was Murdered And Skinned, Then Mexican Newspapers Published Photos Of Her Body

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A 25-Year-Old Woman Was Murdered And Skinned, Then Mexican Newspapers Published Photos Of Her Body

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In Mexico, the recent brutal mutilation and slaying of a 25-year-old woman are spurning conversations about the country’s efforts to prevent femicide and laws that protect victims from the media.

On Sunday, Mexican authorities revealed that they had discovered the body of Ingrid Escamilla.

According to reports, Escamilla was found lifeless with her body skinned and many of her organs missing. At the scene, a 46-year-old man was also discovered alive. His body was covered in bloodstains and he was arrested.

As of this story wasn’t troubling enough, local tabloids and websites managed to bring more tragedy to the victim and her family by splashing leaked graphic photos and videos of the victim’s body. In a terribly crafted headline, one paper by the name of Pasala printed the photos on its front page with the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” The headline is a reference to the fact that the man found at the scene was Escamilla’s husband.

According to leaked video footage from the arrest scene, Escamilla’s husband admitted to stabbing his wife after a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him. He then claimed to have skinned her body to eliminate evidence.

Mexic City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, revealed that prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator.

“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is appalling when hatred reaches extremes like in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote in a tweet according to CNN. According to reports, Mexico broke records in 2018 when its homicide record reached over 33,000 people that year.

The publication of Escamilla’s mutilated body has sparked discussions regarding the way in which reports about violence against women are handled.

Women’s rights organizations have lambasted the papers that originally published photos of Escamilla’s body and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed criticism of the media’s response to the brutal slaying.

In a press conference on Thursday, President López Obrador expressed his determination to find and punish anyone responsible for the image leaks. “This is a crime, that needs to be punished, whoever it is,” he stated.