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Laquan McDonald’s Family: We Never Said Jason Van Dyke Shouldn’t Face Federal Charges

Federal prosecutors said Laquan McDonald's family agreed they shouldn't pursue charges against Jason Van Dyke. But the slain teen's family said they do want Van Dyke charged.

Downtown

Feds Won’t Prosecute Jason Van Dyke, Chicago Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald

Jason Van Dyke, a former Chicago police officer, killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.

Citywide

Data Highlights Leniency Of Ex-Officer Jason Van Dyke’s Murder Sentence

An analysis of court data by Injustice Watch shows that Van Dyke's sentence was unusually light for the judge and more lenient than the average sentences that other Cook County judges have given for second-degree murder convictions.

Citywide

After Jason Van Dyke Leaves Prison, Activists Demand Federal Charges For Killing 17-Year-Old Laquan McDonald

The former Chicago police officer was released from prison Thursday after serving about three years for murdering the teenager in 2018. Some of McDonald's relatives and activists want the Justice Department to bring its own charges.

Downtown

Jason Van Dyke, The Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald, Being Released Early — But Activists Are Calling For Federal Charges

A rally against Van Dyke's early release is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the early release "disappointing."

Citywide

7 Years After Laquan McDonald Was Murdered, Chicagoans Protest Rahm Emanuel As He Vies For Ambassadorship

McDonald's murder in 2014 engulfed the former mayor's administration. Activists say it's a "slap in the face" to install him as an ambassador.

Citywide

In ‘Unapologetic’ Film, Meet The Chicago Women Fighting For Black Liberation

A documentary chronicling the work of two prominent Chicago activists is screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center this week.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Jason Van Dyke Lied, Refused To Cooperate With Probe While Other Officers Destroyed Evidence In Laquan McDonald’s Murder, City Watchdog Says

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson concluded in June 2016 that Van Dyke made “false reports, false statements and material omissions” in an effort to “exaggerate the threat McDonald posed."

McKinley Park

Jason Van Dyke Sentenced To 6 3/4 Years In Prison In Slaying Of Laquan McDonald

Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Laquan McDonald’s Family Never Wanted Revenge — They Wanted Justice, Uncle Says

"This is not just a victory for the Hunter family, it is a victory for all families across this country," the pastor said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Inside The Jason Van Dyke Jury Room: How It Went, And Why They Convicted

"We just didn't buy it" when Van Dyke testified, one juror said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder In 16-Shot Slaying Of Laquan McDonald

Jason Van Dyke escaped a first-degree murder conviction, but was also convicted of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, which carries a minimum six-year term.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Police Pack Humboldt Park, Other Areas As City Prepares For Jason Van Dyke Verdict

Jurors on Thursday began deliberating the fate of the first Chicago police officer charged with murder in decades. They will resume on Friday after being sequestered.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Activists Will Occupy Block In Front Of Courthouse During Jason Van Dyke Trial

The occupation is being led in part by Will Calloway, who pushed for the release of a video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Top Cop Johnson Doesn’t Know What ‘Code Of Silence’ Means: 4 Things From LeGrier, Jones Depositions

"Again, in my personal experience, I'm not sure what code of silence means," Johnson said.

Downtown