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Police overseers fire 4 officers in Laquan McDonald-related case

Police overseers fire 4 officers in Laquan McDonald-related case

Herbert G. McCann, Associated Press

July 18, 2019

The Chicago Police Board on Thursday fired four police officers for allegedly covering up a white officer's 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The nine-member board found the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald to justify his shooting by Jason Van Dyke and voted unanimously for the dismissal of Sgt. Ste...

Chicago verdict comes 4 years after Laquan McDonald’s death

Chicago verdict comes 4 years after Laquan McDonald’s death

Gerry Broome, Associated Press

October 8, 2018

Four years after he fired 16 bullets into a black teenager, three years after dashcam video of the shooting was released and three weeks after his murder trial began, Jason Van Dyke's transformation from Chicago patrol officer to convicted felon came suddenly. A clerk announced the jury's decision....

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Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

October 8, 2018

16 Shots: The Police Shooting of Laquan McDonald As the city reflects on the guilty verdict announced Friday afternoon, WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune have compiled everything you need to know about the trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in one place. In “16 Shots” reporter Jen Whi...

Van Dyke trial approaches a verdict as prosecution rests

Emma Oxnevad, Asst. News Editor

October 1, 2018

The prosecution rested last week in Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial for the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old black teenager. Van Dyke and other officers encountered McDonald after responding to a report that he was breaking into vehicles while carrying a knife. After m...

CPD makes changes to prevent fatal police shootings

CPD makes changes to prevent fatal police shootings

Danielle Harris

September 25, 2016

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has a longstanding dicey reputation with residents of the city, but the fatal shooting of 17-year- old Laquan McDonald brought decades of mounting resentment and distrust to a head. Contradicting initial reports from officers at the scene claimed McDonald was walk...

Chicago’s new interim police chief faces major obstacles

Chicago’s new interim police chief faces major obstacles

Michael Mulvaney

April 3, 2016

Officer Eddie Johnson has recently been assigned the daunting task of polishing off the tarnished reputation that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) accrued by its own doing, beating out three other candidates who were on a “short list” for the position. Appointed to Interim Police Superinten...

Cook County State’s Attorney’s race shrouded in controversey following Laquan McDonald case

Cook County State’s Attorney’s race shrouded in controversey following Laquan McDonald case

Jackson Danbeck

February 28, 2016

With a little over two weeks to go until the Cook County State’s Attorney primary election, candidates for the high office are desperately trying to whip the necessary votes. To help you wade through all the claptrap and make an educated decision, here is a preview of the office and the candidates who strive to obtain it. Read More »...

‘Justice for all?’ event addresses past and future of Black Lives Matter

‘Justice for all?’ event addresses past and future of Black Lives Matter

Edna Espino

January 15, 2016

In 2011, DePaul professor Valerie Johnson turned on her television to find that George Zimmerman had been acquitted in the Trayvon Martin case. A feeling of disbelief overwhelmed her.  Read More »...

Efforts to recall Emanuel continue

Efforts to recall Emanuel continue

Manny Ramos

January 13, 2016

Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) held a town hall meeting on Chicago’s West Side Jan. 9 to discuss the progression of a bill that could lead to the recall of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Ford was accompanied with other sponsors of the bill along with more than 100 community members who support the recall efforts....

The new age of protesting: Protesters aim for impact by disrupting profit centers

The new age of protesting: Protesters aim for impact by disrupting profit centers

Kyle Woosley

January 10, 2016

Marching on Michigan Avenue during Black Friday, blocking traffic at major downtown intersections and disrupting restaurants in Lincoln Park and Wicker Park are just some of the tactics being used by protesters trying to draw attention to police brutality and socioeconomic issues in South Side areas of Chicago. Read More &raq...

Chicago citizens deserve community control of police

Chicago citizens deserve community control of police

Danielle Harris

December 14, 2015

With the Department of Justice announcing it will investigate the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and hundreds of protesters calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez, the need for great change in Chicago is clear. And while calls that replacing Emanuel and Alvarez would revolutionize CPD are logical and entirely war...

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