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No Federal Charges for Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald

Jason Van Dyke was released in February after being convicted of 2014 murder

(Newser) - Federal authorities on Monday said they will not criminally charge Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago police officer convicted of murder in the 2014 shooting death of Black teenager Laquan McDonald. The US Attorney's Office in Chicago said in a news release that the decision was made after consulting...

Ex-Officer's Release Angers Chicagoans

Jason Van Dyke served less than half his sentence for killing a Black teenager

(Newser) - Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke left prison on Thursday after serving less than half of his nearly seven-year sentence for killing Black teenager Laquan McDonald, angering community leaders who feel the white officer's punishment didn't fit his crime. Van Dyke was released at 12:15am from...

'Final Punishment' Comes in Laquan McDonald Case

4 Chicago cops are fired for allegedly trying to justify Jason Van Dyke's actions

(Newser) - It's been nearly five years since 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by a Chicago cop, and four cops are just now learning the consequences of their actions in the aftermath of his death. The Chicago Tribune reports three on-the-scene officers have just now been fired for allegedly falsifying...

Ex-Cop Who Shot Chicago Teen Beaten in Prison: Lawyer

Jason Van Dyke's wife: 'We are all petrified and in fear for Jason's life'

(Newser) - The former police officer who killed Chicago teen Laquan McDonald just started serving time in his almost seven-year sentence, but he's already run into trouble. Jennifer Blagg, one of Jason Van Dyke's defense lawyers, tells USA Today her client was assaulted by other inmates after being moved from...

Ex-Cop Who Shot Laquan McDonald Hears His Fate

Jason Van Dyke gets just shy of 7 years in prison at sentencing; he could be out in 3, analyst says

(Newser) - The former Chicago cop who gunned down black teen Laquan McDonald heard his fate Friday, and per the Chicago Tribune , it was a "relatively lenient sentence." The paper says Jason Van Dyke was "stoic" as Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan handed down his prison term on...

Chicago Officer Convicted of Murder for Shooting Black Teen

Jason Van Dyke convicted in the death of Laquan McDonald

(Newser) - A jury on Friday convicted white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald , the AP reports. Van Dyke had been charged with first-degree murder in the October 2014 killing, a charge that requires a finding that the shooting was...

3 Cops Accused of Cover-Up in Laquan McDonald Shooting

Chicago officers face multiple charges in 2014 death of black teen

(Newser) - Three current and former Chicago police officers have been charged with attempting to cover for former Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times while he walked away. The Chicago Tribune reports David March, Joseph Walsh, and Thomas Gaffney have been charged with conspiracy, official misconduct, and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

'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...

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...

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