The white former Chicago police officer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald in 2014 has been sentenced to 81 months in prison. Judge Vincent Gaughan issued the sentence on Friday for Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was found guilty in October of 2018 of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery, one for each […]

A Chicago jury has found ex-cop Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Laquan McDonald. The jury deliberated for over six and a half hours. Van Dyke was the first Chicago police officer in over thirty years to be charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality, per the Chicago Tribune. He pled not […]

The special prosecutor released the Laquan McDonald grand jury without issuing more indictments against Chicago police officers.


Lawyers for officer Jason Van Dyke, who is charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan Mcdonald, requested a dismissal of the criminal case Tuesday. A judge also approved the release of Mcdonald's juvenile records to the lawyers.

Many are outraged that an officer under investigation for fatal shootings was returned to street duty. Officials claim it was a mistake.

Chicago's police chief said a climate of fear over protests makes cops reluctant to use their gun. That endangers their lives and public safety.

McDonald, a 17-year-old Chicago teen, was shot 16 times in 2014 by officer Jason Van Dyke. McDonald's death lit a long simmering fire within Chicago that led to protests, calls for Emanuel's resignation, the termination of former superintendent Garry McCarthy, and a Justice Department probe.

City officials and community leaders are fearing the worst, saying that the heightened gun violence will only increase over the summer


Arguing that her recent election loss could complicate an already complex investigation, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has recused herself from prosecuting the Laquan McDonald case, reports the Chicago Tribune. Alvarez, who released a statement Thursday, said “the interests of justice after she lost the election would best be served by having an independent prosecutor […]


The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police has hired the officer charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, sparking outrage among activists and community leaders, according to CNN.

The petition, filed this week in a Cook County Circuit court, seeks to have Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez removed from the case due to her connection with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).