Laquan McDonald

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Jason Van Dyke Sentenced to 6 Years, 9 Months for Murdering Laquan McDonald

The former Chicago Police Department officer could be back on the street in just over three years.

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Jury Finds Jason Van Dyke Guilty of Murdering Laquan McDonald

The former Chicago Police Department officer shot the Black teenager 16 times as he was retreating.

Watch as Jason Van Dyke Stands Trial for Killing Laquan McDonald

The White officer faces six counts of first-degree murder for shooting the retreating Black teen 16 times.

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Laquan McDonald Cover-up Case Gets Yet Another Judge

Cook County associate judge Domenica Stephenson is now the third judge to oversee Thomas Gaffney, David March and Joseph Walsh’s trial for allegedly protecting Laquan McDonald’s killer, Jason Van Dyke.

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3 Chicago Cops Indicted in Cover-up of Laquan McDonald Shooting

Thomas Gaffney, David March and Joseph Walsh each face felony conspiracy, misconduct and obstruction of justice charges for their alleged role in protecting former officer Jason Van Dyke.

Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Indicted on 16 Additional Charges

“In a moment of leniency, [a jury] may decide to convict him of aggravated battery instead.”

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Vic Mensa Survives Police Violence in Provocative New '16 Shots' Video

The rapper’s new video, which premiered as a Tidal exclusive this weekend, features snippets from the video of Laquan McDonald’s death at the hands of former Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke.

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Witness to Laquan McDonald's Death Says Police Pressured Her to Change Story

Alma Benitez’s filed a federal lawsuit alleging intentional coverup and intimidation by officers who asked her about the police-involved shooting.

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Grand Jury to Investigate Cover Up of Laquan McDonald Shooting

Seven Chicago Police Department officers were fired last month for their role in the officer-involved shooting. Now, they might face criminal charges.

7 Chicago Cops Implicated in Alleged Cover-Up of Laquan McDonald Shooting

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson recommended that they be fired for filing false reports that contradict the infamous video of former officer Jason Van Dyke killing McDonald.

ICYMI: Listen to Vic Mensa's Heavy-Hitting Ode to Laquan McDonald, '16 Shots'

The Chicago MC premiered the track on Ebro Darden’s Beats 1 radio show last week before it appeared on his surprise EP, “There’s A Lot Going On.”  

Chicago Officials Release 101 Videos Documenting Alleged Officer Violence

Independent Police Review Authority chief Sharon Fairley: “It has been clear that we all agree that there’s a lack of trust and that increased transparency is essential to rebuilding that trust.”

Rahm Emanuel Will Disband Chicago's Police Authority, Create Civilian Body to Oversee System

“The new board will give a voice to Chicago residents whose lives are affected daily by police practices.”

Anita Alvarez Asks Court to Appoint Special Prosecutor in Laquan McDonald Case

After months of protests and a lost election, the state’s attorney finally recused herself from prosecuting the police officer who shot the Black teenager 16 times.

REPORT: Chicago Police Dept Has Long History of Racism

Police Accountability Task Force: “Our recommendations are intended to be responsive to the people, empower the people and to specifically identify a range of changes that are essential to building trust, accountability and lasting change.”

Chicago Police Union Hires Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald

Jason Van Dyke was suspended without pay following his indictment for shooting the teenager 16 times.

#ByeAnita: Chicago Voters Oust State's Attorney Anita Alvarez

Challenger Kim Foxx beat out incumbent Alvarez—who infamously waited a full year to indict the Chicago Police officer who killed Laquan McDonald—for the Democratic nomination in Cook County.

You Need to Watch Vic Mensa Perform '16 Shots' at #JUSTICEFORFLINT

Mensa premiered the song—named for the number of times Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald—at Blackout for Human Rights’ #JUSTICEFORFLINT event. 

READ: Jamilah King's Poignant Analysis of Black Women's Political Agency

King draws on her own experience with gun violence and police neglect.

Petition Filed to Remove State's Attorney from Laquan McDonald Case

State’s attorney Anita Alvarez waited a year to charge a Chicago PD officer with murder for shooting 17-year-old McDonald.