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Chicago Chief: Cop Wary of Pulling Gun Nearly Died

Officer was beaten unconscious, didn't want national scrutiny

(Newser) - With a new police shooting in the news seemingly every week, some officers are starting to doubt themselves and put their own lives at risk, says Chicago's police chief. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said one of his officers was beaten to unconsciousness by a man under the influence of PCP... More »

Top Cop Wants 7 Officers Fired in Laquan McDonald's Killing

They're accused of filing false reports to cover up what actually happened

(Newser) - Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson recommended Thursday that seven officers be fired for their roles in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald , the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the AP , the officers are accused of violating Rule 14 against making false reports. Video released of the October... More »

Tamir Rice Family to Get $6M From Cleveland

City agrees to settle federal lawsuit over boy's shooting

(Newser) - The city of Cleveland will pay the family of Tamir Rice $6 million over the boy's fatal shooting in 2014, reports CNN . The payment settles a federal lawsuit filed by the family after a trainee police officer shot and killed Tamir at a city park. Under the settlement—Tamir'... More »

Police Union Hires Chicago Cop Charged With Murder

Jason Van Dyke is making $12 an hour as a 'jack-of-all-trades'

(Newser) - Jason Van Dyke , the white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald , has a new gig with the police union: janitor. The AP reports Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police hired Van Dyke—who is on unpaid leave from the... More »

Report: Chicago Cops Hide, Break, Disable Dashcam Microphones

That's why we don't have audio from the shooting of Laquan McDonald

(Newser) - The Chicago Police Department has a dashcam problem. DNAinfo Chicago looked at 1,800 police maintenance logs and found officers were preventing their dashcams from recording audio by stowing microphones in the glove compartment, removing batteries, and breaking antennas. And that's when the microphones were even present in the... More »

Lawyers Say Police Threatened Witnesses, Faked Statements in Teen's Shooting

'Outright lies to cover up [the] illegal shooting' of Laquan McDonald

(Newser) - Attorneys for the family of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald , who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer in 2014, say police threatened at least three witnesses and tried to get them to change their stories to match the official account, CNN reports. They also allege police faked accounts when witnesses... More »

Cop Who Shot Laquan McDonald Enters Plea

Jason Van Dyke pleads not guilty to first-degree murder; next hearing is Jan. 29

(Newser) - Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct in the shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014. Van Dyke—whose lawyers say shot the 17-year-old 16 times because he feared for his life—made his first... More »

Rahm Emanuel: I'm Not Resigning

Chicago mayor fends off question in wake of police video

(Newser) - If Rahm Emanuel thought firing his police chief would relieve the pressure on him in Chicago over a police shooting, he learned otherwise Wednesday at a testy breakfast in which he was hit with questions about whether he would resign, reports Politico . "No," was the answer to journalists.... More »

Mayor Emanuel: Chicago Police Chief Is Out

Superintendent Garry McCarthy is fired in wake of Laquan McDonald video

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday the firing of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, the AP reports, just a week after the release of dashcam video that showed the 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of Officer Jason Van Dyke. "This morning, I formally asked for [McCarthy'... More »

Cop Seen Checking Burger King's Laquan Footage

Source says FBI found no evidence the video was tampered with

(Newser) - Photos may back up a Burger King manager's story that Chicago police officers deleted 86 minutes of surveillance video from the night Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times. Screen grabs from a camera inside an office at the eatery show at least one officer at a computer terminal on... More »

Feds: U of Chicago Threat Linked to Laquan Shooting

Suspect in custody allegedly vowed to execute 16 white males

(Newser) - Federal authorities say an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager. Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff at the school on Chicago's... More »

Burger King Manager: 86 Minutes of Laquan Video Is MIA

He told grand jury huge chunk of footage disappeared after cops reviewed video

(Newser) - At least five different videos —including the disturbing dashcam video that shows Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke—have emerged in the 17-year-old's killing, but some important footage is missing, a Burger King district manager tells the Chicago Tribune . Jay Darshane... More »

Black Friday Protest Takes Over Downtown Chicago

'Let them just feel the empty cash registers'

(Newser) - Instead of shopping, thousands of demonstrators in Chicago are taking to the streets on Black Friday to protest the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, as well as the way the city has handled the case, Reuters reports. According to the AP , the largest group... More »

New Videos Showing Laquan McDonald Released

Like the first, they include no audio of officers

(Newser) - A disturbing dashcam video isn't the only footage authorities have from the scene of Laquan McDonald's shooting in Chicago on Oct. 20, 2014. The Chicago Tribune has acquired videos from four additional police vehicles—including the one that carried Officer Jason Van Dyke before he shot the 17-year-old... More »

The Worst Part About That Chicago Cop Video

It's just how 'mundane' it is, writes journalist whose lawsuit made it public

(Newser) - A freelance journalist whose lawsuit forced Chicago cops to release the video of Laquan McDonald being shot to death thinks the video is most shocking because of how not-shocking it seems for the officers on scene. The shooting "horrifies in its banality," writes Brandon Smith in the Guardian... More »

Chicago Cop No Stranger to Complaints

Jason Van Dyke has had at least 18 lodged against him

(Newser) - The Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald was the subject of at least 18 citizen complaints before the October 2014 incident, reports WLS . Jason Van Dyke was accused of excessive force in 10 of those incidents over his 14-year career, including two when he... More »

Chicago Protesters Chant '16' After Video's Release

After release of Laquan McDonald video, 'people are mad as hell'

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Chicago Tuesday night soon after police released disturbing video of a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager, and the Chicago Sun-Times reports that they chanted "16"—the number of times Officer Jason Van Dyke allegedly shot 17-year-old Laquan... More »

'Disturbing' Video Shows Cop Shooting Black Teen 16 Times

Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald

(Newser) - Chicago is bracing for intense protests and demonstrations Tuesday evening after the city released an "extremely disturbing" video of the fatal shooting of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer in October 2014, Slate reports. The police dashcam video of the shooting allegedly shows Officer... More »

Chicago Cop Charged With Murder in Teen's Shooting

Video will be released by Wednesday

(Newser) - A white Chicago police officer accused of fatally shooting a black teenager was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, just a day ahead of a deadline for the city to release a squad-car video of the killing. It's believed to be the first time in city history an on-duty officer... More »

Source: Cop Who Shot Teen 16 Times to Be Charged

Chicago cops ordered to release video

(Newser) - County prosecutors are expected to charge a white Chicago police officer with murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager, an official close to the investigation says. The official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, says Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to be charged Tuesday. The charge would... More »

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