Judge set to issue verdict in Chicago police cover-up case

U.S. 01/17/19, 01:04

A judge is set to announce a verdict for three Chicago police officers accused of lying in their reports to protect the officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald.Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson has scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon to announce her decision in the cover-up trial of David ...

Chicago awaits 2 historic hearings in fatal police shooting

U.S. 01/16/19, 19:08

Three Chicago police officers will learn this week whether a judge thinks they lied about the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald to protect another white officer who shot the black teenager 16 times. That officer, meanwhile, will learn how long he may spend in prison.Officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted ...

Police shooting case lawyers make last sentencing arguments

U.S. 01/14/19, 19:00

Attorneys in the case of the ex-Chicago police officer convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald have submitted written arguments on sentencing this week.Special Prosecutor Joseph McMahon doesn't recommend a specific sentence in a Monday filing. He ...

Ex-Chicago officer’s sentencing date set in McDonald murder

U.S. 12/14/18, 15:55

A judge has set a Jan. 18 sentencing date for a white former Chicago police officer convicted of murder in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, appears for a post conviction hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Dec 14, ...

Prosecutor: Cops charged in cover up told the same lies

U.S. 12/06/18, 18:01

A prosecutor says the three Chicago police officers charged with falsifying their reports about the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald told the same lies to protect the officer who pulled the trigger.In her closing argument Thursday afternoon, Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes told Cook County Judge Domenica ...

Prosecutors finish case against officers accused of cover-up

U.S. 12/04/18, 19:23

Prosecutors in the trial of three Chicago police officers charged with lying about the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald have finished presenting their case, and defense attorneys have asked the judge for directed acquittals.The moves Tuesday came after a witness read emails that prosecutors contend suggest the officers' superiors ...

Witness contradicts police account of shooting of black teen

U.S. 11/29/18, 17:12

A Chicago man who witnessed the 2014 fatal police shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald gave a version of events that contradicts what three officers wrote in their reports.Jose Torres testified Thursday in the three officers' trial. They're charged with lying to protect white Officer Jason Van Dyke.McDonald was carrying ...

Expert: Video doesn’t show shooting was justified

U.S. 11/28/18, 17:37

A Chicago police sergeant says when he watches dashcam video of a white officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald, he doesn't see anything that would have justified pulling the trigger.Sgt. Larry Snelling testified Wednesday during the trial of an officer and two former officers accused of lying in police ...

Trial begins for Chicago cops accused in Van Dyke cover-up

U.S. 11/27/18, 19:17

The trial of three Chicago police officers charged with lying to protect a fellow officer from criminal prosecution after he fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald began with prosecutors pointing to reports they contend were falsified and defense attorneys putting much of the blame on the teen himself.Ex-Officer Joseph Walsh, ...

Update: Prosecutor says Chicago officers violated trust

U.S. 11/27/18, 13:04

The Latest on the trial in the alleged Chicago police cover-up of the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local):12 p.m.A prosecutor says three Chicago police officers violated public trust by trying to cover up what happened when a white officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald.Attorneys ...

Chicago officers accused in Van Dyke cover-up go on trial

U.S. 11/25/18, 10:15

Dashcam video showing Jason Van Dyke pointing his gun at black teenager Laquan McDonald and firing 16 times was key evidence in the murder conviction of the white Chicago police officer. The same video will be at the forefront again this week, as three more officers stand trial, accused of ...

Judge: Conspiracy charges stand against Chicago officers

U.S. 11/06/18, 10:21

A judge has refused to dismiss the case against three Chicago police officers accused of participating in a cover-up surrounding the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson ruled Monday. The bench trial should start as scheduled Nov. 26.Former Detective David March listens during a ...

Chicago officer convicted in shooting returning to court

U.S. 10/31/18, 00:06

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is returning to court for the first time since a jury found him guilty this month in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald.Van Dyke won't be sentenced during Wednesday's hearing but the judge might set a sentencing date.One issue that could be ...

Convicted Chicago officer moved to Western Illinois jail

U.S. 10/09/18, 12:31

The white Chicago police officer convicted of murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald has been moved to a Western Illinois jail and will remain there while he awaits sentencing.Rock Island County Sheriff Berry Bustos tells the Chicago Tribune that Jason Van Dyke arrived Tuesday afternoon ...

Chicago verdict raises hope of police being held accountable

U.S. 10/06/18, 10:26

A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager.It was the second such verdict nationally in two months. Jason Van Dyke's guilty conviction for second-degree murder and multiple ...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

U.S. 10/06/18, 00:18

The conviction of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on second-degree murder charges comes nearly four years after the white officer shot and killed Laquan McDonald. The black teenager was shot 16 times.Some key moments in the case:2014Oct. 20: Van Dyke fatally shoots McDonald after responding to a call about ...

Chicago verdict comes 4 years after Laquan McDonald’s death

U.S. 10/06/18, 00:13

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. The judge revoked ...

Update: Judge decides not to revoke Chicago cop’s bond

U.S. 10/05/18, 11:36

The Latest on the murder trial of white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local):10:30 a.m.Prosecutor Jody Gleason begins closing statements during the first degree murder trial for Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald ...

Key players in trial of Chicago officer who shot black teen

U.S. 10/05/18, 00:46

A look at some of the key players in the murder trial of white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke for the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.LAQUAN MCDONALDOn the October 2014 night Laquan McDonald was shot to death, he was like so many other children of broken homes on ...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

U.S. 10/05/18, 00:46

A jury is deliberating in the murder trial of white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke nearly four years after he shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times.Some key moments in the case:2014Oct. 20: Van Dyke fatally shoots McDonald after responding to a call about a teenager breaking into vehicles ...

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