December 9, 2015: At a special city council meeting, Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologizes for not dealing with the problems in the Chicago Police Department sooner. More protests erupt in the Loop, with a few hundred demonstrators demanding that the mayor resign.
December 7, 2015: State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announces that she will not file charges against a Chicago Police Officer George Hernandez, who fatally shot Ronald Johnson in October, 2014. Police dash cam video of the incident is released. Alvarez says the video shows Johnson was armed with a gun.
December 7, 2015: The U.S. Justice Department announces a civil rights investigation into Chicago Police Department practices, including use of force and its handling of misconduct complaints against officers.
December 6, 2015: The head of the Independent Police Review Authority, the panel tasked with investigating police misconduct, resigns. Scott Ando is to be replaced by Sharon Fairley.
December 4, 2015: Late in the day, the city released hundreds of pages of police reports surrounding the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke. The accounts of officers at the scene differ greatly from what is seen on the dash cam video. Several officers agreed with Van Dyke that the teen was advancing toward Van Dyke in a threatening manner. The video shows McDonald walking away from the officer.
December 3, 2015: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez defends her actions, explaining why it took 13 months to charge Officer James Van Dyke and denying there was an attempt to cover up the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
December 3, 2015: Police video of the fatal shooting of Ronald Johnson to be released, city announces.
December 2, 2015: Mayor Emanuel fires Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, saying the department needs new leadership. Protesters celebrate his ouster and demand Mayor Emanuel and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez resign.
December 1, 2015: Mayor Rahm Emanuel forms a “police accountability” task force, a week after the city released a video showing Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting Laquan McDonald.
November 30, 2015: Officer James Van Dyke, charged with first-degree murder for shooting Laquan McDonald, is released from jail after posting $150,000 bond.
November 30, 2015: Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said his hands were tied in the case. “I couldn’t fire [Jason Van Dyke]. I couldn’t put him in a ‘no pay’ status. I couldn’t discipline him. That’s the law.”
November 27, 2015: Activists march on Michigan Avenue, shutting down stores on Black Friday, to protest the death Laquan McDonald, who was a ward of the state and attended Sullivan House High School.
November 24, 2015: A video, from a Chicago police car dash cam, is released, showing Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times. The video shows that the first shot sent McDonald on the ground as he was walking away from officers. The video prompts several days of protests in the city.
November 24, 2015: Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for shooting Laquan McDonald.
November 19, 2015: A Cook County Judge orders the city to release the video showing Laquan McDonald being shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke. Judge sets a deadline of Nov. 25.
August 5, 2015: Journalist Brandon Smith sues city to force the release of dash cam video, showing the shooting of Laquan McDonald.
April 15, 2015: City Council approves $5 million settlement with Laquan McDonald’s family. The agreement requires that the video remain sealed until investigations are complete.
April 13, 2015: The U.S. Attorney’s Office confirms they are investigating the death of Laquan Johnson.
April 7, 2015: Mayor Emanuel wins second term, defeating Jesus Garcia 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent.
February 27, 2015: Lawyers for Laquan McDonald’s family approach the city, seeking a settlement in the case before filing a lawsuit.
February 24, 2015: Mayor Emanuel forced into April run-off election against Jesus Garcia.
October 20, 2014: Laquan McDonald is fatally shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke. McDonald was walking down the street holding a small folding knife while being pursued by police. The police union spokesman, Pat Camden, said at the time: “The officers are responding to somebody with a knife in a crazed condition, who stabs out tires on a vehicle and tires on a squad car. You obviously aren’t going to sit down and have a cup of coffee with them. He is a very serious threat to the officers, and he leaves them no choice at that point but to defend themselves.”
October 12, 2014: Ronald Johnson is fatally shot in the back by Chicago Police Officer George Hernandez, who is named in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the Johnson family. Officers were responding to calls of a shooting. Attorneys say Johnson was not armed. The state’s attorney on Dec. 7, 2015 said Johnson did have a weapon as he fled police.