Officer In Laquan McDonald Case Wants To Skip Some Court AppearancesChicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has asked a Cook County judge to excuse him from attending status hearings in his murder case, due to threats he has received over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Lawyer Seeking Video Of Death In Police Custody Accuses Mayor Of 'Empty Promise'Two weeks after Mayor Rahm Emanuel embraced a new policy calling for the release of audio and video of police-involved shootings and other serious incidents within 60 days, an attorney is slamming City Hall for withholding video connected to a man’s death in police custody last summer in Brighton Park.
Group Wants Special Prosecutor To Take Over Laquan McDonald CaseA group of civil rights attorneys, elected officials, and civil rights activists has filed a petition asking a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the Laquan McDonald murder case, claiming Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez can’t be trusted to oversee the matter.
Cook County Democrats Back Foxx In State's Attorney RaceShifting gears in the wake of the Laquan McDonald police shooting scandal, Cook County Democrats have endorsed challenger Kim Foxx in the race for State’s Attorney against incumbent Anita Alvarez, who took more than a year to charge a Chicago police officer with McDonald’s murder.
Cook County Democrats Consider Endorsement In State's Attorney RaceThe re-election campaign of Chicago's top prosecutor could face a setback Thursday when local Democratic leaders meet to decide whether to endorse a candidate in the race amid the city's ongoing police shooting scandal.
Cook County Democrats To Reconsider Making An Endorsement In State's Attorney's RaceFacing near-relentless demands for her resignation over the delay in charging a Chicago cop with murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez now faces the prospect of Democratic Party leaders endorsing one of her challengers in the upcoming primary.
Teachers Union Demands Emanuel And Alvarez Resign Over Laquan McDonald ShootingThe Chicago Teachers Union has joined a chorus of voices calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign over the Laquan McDonald police shooting scandal.
Rauner 'Very Disappointed' In How Emanuel And Alvarez Handled Laquan McDonald CaseIt’s not the first time Rauner has addressed the Laquan McDonald scandal. Last month, Rauner said he cried when he saw the video of the teen’s death, calling it “shocking [and] terrifying,” and questioned why it took so long to file murder charges against the officer who shot the teen.
Pastors Launch "No Confidence" Petition Drive Against EmanuelVowing a full day of protests across Chicago, activists were keeping up the pressure for major changes in Chicago after the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Black Lawmakers Want Federal Probe Of CPD To Include State's Attorney, IPRAAfrican-American state lawmakers have asked the Justice Department to expand its civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department to include the Independent Police Review Authority and Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
Prosecutors Won't Charge Officer Who Shot Ronald Johnson; Video Of Shooting ReleasedCook County prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against a Chicago police officer who shot and killed 25-year-old Ronald Johnson, saying dashboard camera video of the shooting shows Johnson was carrying a gun when he was shot.
Protesters Want Federal Probe Of Emanuel, AlvarezAbout 200 activists made 16 laps around City Hall on Friday, demanding a federal investigation of how Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez handled the Laquan McDonald case. They circled the building once for each time McDonald was shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke last year.