WBEZ | Criminal Justice http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A 'March For Justice' On Chicago's Magnificent Mile http://www.wbez.org/news/march-justice-chicagos-magnificent-mile-113976 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/IMG_1112.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In Chicago today, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/hundreds-block-retail-entrances-protest-laquan-mcdonald-investigation-113965" target="_blank">protesters walked in a &quot;march for justice,&quot;</a> following the first-degree murder charges against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. NPR&#39;s Ari Shapiro speaks with Shari Runner, interim president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League.</p></p> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/march-justice-chicagos-magnificent-mile-113976 Analyzing Politics and Aftermath of the Laquan McDonald Video http://www.wbez.org/news/analyzing-politics-and-aftermath-laquan-mcdonald-video-113968 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rahm_mccarthy_mcdonald_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Over a 24-hour span this week, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933">charged with first-degree murder</a> and taken off the Chicago Police Department&rsquo;s payroll, and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy recommended <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909">Detective Dante Servin be fired</a>.</p><p>This flurry of activity came more than a year after Van Dyke shot and killed Laquan McDonald, more than three years after Servin shot and killed Rekia Boyd, and right before the court-ordered release of dashcam footage showing McDonald&rsquo;s death.</p><p>In the days since there have been nightly protests, and calls for firing McCarthy and State&rsquo;s Attorney Anita Alvarez. And officer Van Dyke&rsquo;s attorney has said this is a case that needs to be tried in a courtroom, not on the streets or in the media.</p><p>To help understand what that trial could look like, we spoke with longtime Chicago attorney James Montgomery, Sr., who explained the potential defense Van Dyke could use.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="100" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/234733272&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>We also spoke with political consultant Delmarie Cobb about the lead up to the video&rsquo;s release, and what was going on behind the scenes politically.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="100" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/234979568&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/analyzing-politics-and-aftermath-laquan-mcdonald-video-113968 Police Make Arrest in Fatal Shooting of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee http://www.wbez.org/news/police-make-arrest-fatal-shooting-9-year-old-tyshawn-lee-113962 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/tyshawnleesign.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO (AP) &mdash; A South suburban man was charged with first-degree murder on Friday in connection to the slaying of a 9-year-old boy who police say was lured off a basketball court and shot in the head in an alley because of his father&#39;s gang ties.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Chicago police have charged Corey Morgan in the &#39;execution&#39; death of&hellip; <a href="https://t.co/DQZViMpW6W">https://t.co/DQZViMpW6W</a></p>&mdash; Michael Puente (@MikePuenteNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews/status/670273047106949120">November 27, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said 27-year-old Corey Morgan of Lansing, Illinois &mdash; who has an extensive criminal history &mdash; had been arrested and charged. McCarthy said two other men, included one jailed on an unrelated gun charge, also were suspected of involvement in the death of Tyshawn Lee, who was shot in the middle of the afternoon near his grandmother&#39;s house.</p><p>McCarthy said the men&#39;s precise roles were still under investigation but that all were members of the same gang, which the police chief vowed to destroy, saying: &quot;That gang just signed its own death warrant.&quot;</p><p>Tyshawn was shot Nov. 2 in a slaying that shocked a city already grimly familiar with gang violence. The fourth-grader was hit in the head and back in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. McCarthy praised local residents, saying they overcame fears and risks of retaliation to come forward and offer tips to police.</p><p>&quot;If you have a monster who&#39;s willing to assassinate a 9-year-old, what is that person likely to do if they know that somebody&#39;s cooperating with the case?&quot; McCarthy said during a news conference.</p><p>He said the boy&#39;s killers approached him in a park where he was playing basketball with friends, spoke with him, and then walked him off into the alley. McCarthy called the killing an &quot;unfathomable crime.&quot;</p><p>Investigators said the dispute that led up to the killing had been ongoing for about three months between warring gangs and involved at least two other killings and several non-fatal shootings. Authorities said Morgan was a convicted felon with an extensive violent criminal history, but didn&#39;t provide details.</p><p>The law firm representing Morgan did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment on the case.</p><p>Detectives have not recovered the murder weapon, but they believe only one person fired because all the spent bullet casings were from a single gun, McCarthy said.</p><p>McCarthy said police were looking for a third man and believed he was still in the area. McCarthy called on the man, whose photo was released, to turn himself in.</p><p>&quot;Quite frankly, in a heinous crime like this, he&#39;s probably better off if we catch than somebody else,&quot; he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/police-make-arrest-fatal-shooting-9-year-old-tyshawn-lee-113962 'Before You Watch This, I Want You to Know You Are Loved' http://www.wbez.org/news/you-watch-i-want-you-know-you-are-loved-113956 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/beforeyouwatchscreencaps.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933">dashcam video</a> of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan Mcdonald 16 times made its way quickly across the Internet on Tuesday.</p><p>But it wasn&#39;t the only video being widely shared.</p><p>As protesters gathered in downtown Chicago chanting &ldquo;16 shots, 16 shots,&rdquo; and gave speeches about the need to combat racism, social media lit up with angry tweets and outraged Facebook posts.&nbsp;</p><p>Organizers in Chicago deliberately added another message: Black people, we love you.</p><p>While the city tensely awaited the dashcam video, the Black Youth Project 100 invited people to upload their own videos with the hashtag #BeforeYouWatch.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a love letter to all black people. Very soon a video of the execution of 17-year old Laquan Mcdonald will be spread across the Internet. I just want to let you know we love you,&rdquo; said Charlene Carruthers in <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BYP100/videos/1010910915626906/">one video</a>.</p><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/BYP100/videos/1010910915626906/"><p>&ldquo;Before you watch this I want you to know you are loved. And no matter what is on this video your life matters, &ldquo; said Malcolm London <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BYP100/videos/1010894855628512/">in another</a>.</p><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/BYP100/videos/1010894855628512/"><p>Later that night, London was arrested at a protest. All charges were dropped on Wednesday.</p><p>As the Associated Press reported:</p><blockquote><p>Malcolm London, 22, was among five people who were arrested on charges that included weapons possession and resisting arrest.</p><p>He was charged with hitting an officer. On Wednesday, Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas dismissed the charge said the state&#39;s attorney&#39;s office recommended that the charge be dropped. and told London he was free to go.</p><p>London, wearing a T-shirt with the phrase &quot;Unapologetically black&quot; on it, walked outside the courthouse to loud cheers.</p><p>A crowd of supporters chanted, &quot;We&#39;re going to be all right&quot; and &quot;Set our people free.&quot;</p><p>Prosecutors did not explain why their office recommended dropping the charge.</p></blockquote><p>As his fellow activists waited outside the courthouse for London, they chanted,&nbsp; &quot;I love you like you were me.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Organizers said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955">stereotypes about black people</a>&nbsp;being &#39;reckless&#39; and not caring about their own communities, had led the media to expect violent riots.</p><p>To counter that narrative, an organizer for the Black Youth Project stood up on the courthouse steps and invited the crowd to continue uploading videos.</p><p>&ldquo;We have to be subversive of the media,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We have to create our own media that generates positive messages.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/shannon_h">@shannon_h</a></em></p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/you-watch-i-want-you-know-you-are-loved-113956 Why Chicago Didn't Riot After Laquan McDonald Video Release http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_610478196876_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the moments before the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933">city released the video</a> showing Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year old Laquan McDonald, Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged residents to stay calm.</p><p>&ldquo;It is fine to be passionate but it is essential that it remain peaceful. We have a collective responsibility in the city of Chicago to ensure that this time of healing happens,&rdquo; Emanuel said at a press conference.</p><p>Given the fever pitch nationally about police brutality and previous rioting in Ferguson and Baltimore, Chicago officials&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-24/chicago-braces-black-lives-matter-protests-113924">braced</a> for an uprising in response to the video. They held <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-meeting-ministers-discuss-police-shooting-video-113906">closed-door meetings</a> on how to handle protesters.</p><p>Young black activists did take to the streets Tuesday night &mdash; to honor McDonald and protest police brutality. But the march downtown didn&rsquo;t result in property damage or anything resembling a riot.</p><p>As the Associated Press <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/5-arrested-during-largely-peaceful-protests-following-release-police-shooting-video-113934">reported</a>, the protests that began Tuesday evening were largely peaceful.</p><blockquote><p>Malcolm London, 22, was among five people who were arrested on charges that included weapons possession and resisting arrest.</p><p>He was charged with hitting an officer. On Wednesday, Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas dismissed the charge said the state&#39;s attorney&#39;s office recommended that the charge be dropped. and told London he was free to go.</p><p>London, wearing a T-shirt with the phrase &quot;Unapologetically black&quot; on it, walked outside the courthouse to loud cheers.</p><p>A crowd of supporters chanted, &quot;We&#39;re going to be all right&quot; and &quot;Set our people free.&quot;</p><p>Prosecutors did not explain why their office recommended dropping the charge.</p></blockquote><p>Veronica Morris-Moore participated in the protests Tuesday night. She didn&rsquo;t expect chaos, and says the reason others did is because black youth are stereotyped as violent.</p><p>&ldquo;I think people expected Chicago to burst in flames because the dominate narrative out there is that black people are reckless and we don&rsquo;t care about our communities or neighborhoods,&rdquo; Morris-Moore said.</p><p>She&rsquo;s part of a coalition that includes groups such as Fearless Leading by the Youth, We Charge Genocide and Assata&rsquo;s Daughters &mdash; just to name a few.</p><p>&ldquo;At the end of the day what our movement is doing is exposing these contradictions, exposing these stereotypes, exposing this anti-black culture,&rdquo; Morris-Moore said.</p><p>University of Chicago political scientist Cathy Cohen agrees that a spontaneous riot shouldn&rsquo;t have been the default expectation.</p><p>&ldquo;There is a way in which these young activists have a very deep understanding of who they need to target and where those targets are situated,&rdquo; Cohen said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re not going to burn down black communities.&rdquo;</p><p>No matter how chilling, the dashcam video&rsquo;s content was no surprise. And activism among these young people didn&rsquo;t start with McDonald&rsquo;s death.</p><p>&ldquo;They understand that this is an issue not about one police officer but the system of policing and accountability and power,&rdquo; Cohen said.</p><p>The groups have protested several police shootings and pushed for the firing of Dante Servin, the officer who killed Rekia Boyd. Just this week, Chicago&rsquo;s top cop <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909">recommended Servin be fired</a>.</p><p>Activists also lobbied for an expansive trauma center on the South Side, which is partly coming to fruition.</p><p>And Chicago is the only city in the country giving reparations to police torture victims &mdash; a direct result of years of activism.</p><p>From Fred Hampton in the 1960s, to the Black Radical Congress of the 1990s, to waves of progressive and feminist organizations, black activism in Chicago has a strong legacy.</p><p>The Black Youth Project&rsquo;s Charlene Carruthers says activists will continue that legacy by demanding justice and investment in black communities.</p><p>&ldquo;What I expect is for more people to continue to join the ongoing organizing that&rsquo;s been happening in the city of Chicago for the past several years that&rsquo;s led by young black organizers,&rdquo; Carruthers said.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. nmoore@wbez.org. Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343">Google+</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955 Since Ferguson, A Rise In Charges Against Police Officers http://www.wbez.org/news/ferguson-rise-charges-against-police-officers-113953 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/gettyimages-498665158_custom-9c648367ac84089a77935afb947a597730c6d83b-s700-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res457423605" previewtitle="Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Tuesday following the release of a video showing Jason Van Dyke, a police officer, shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the October 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets. So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Tuesday following the release of a video showing Jason Van Dyke, a police officer, shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the October 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets. So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/25/gettyimages-498665158_custom-9c648367ac84089a77935afb947a597730c6d83b-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Tuesday following the release of a video showing Jason Van Dyke, a police officer, shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the October 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets. So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>A question some in Chicago are asking after<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/24/457233148/first-degree-murder-charge-for-chicago-police-officer-who-shot-teen">&nbsp;the release of a video that shows a police officer fatally shooting a black teen</a>: <em>Did prosecutors charge the officer who killed Laquan McDonald only because they had to &mdash; because the video was about to come out?</em></p></div></div></div><p>Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez rejected that notion Tuesday.</p><p>&quot;Pressure? This is no pressure! Why &mdash; I would never be pressured into making any kind of decision, quickly,&quot; she said.</p><p>But across the country, prosecutors do seem to be under more pressure to charge police &mdash; especially in the year since police killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.</p><p>Homicide charges against police are pretty rare; they average about five cases a year. That number comes from Phil Stinson, a former-cop-turned-academic who collects statistics like this at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.</p><p>Stinson says the average is actually slightly less than five cases a year &mdash; but that&#39;s the average for the past decade. This year is looking a little different.</p><p>&quot;As of today, we now have 15 officers who&#39;ve been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting where they&#39;ve shot and killed somebody,&quot; he says.</p><div id="con457426068" previewtitle="Related Stories"><div id="res457425882"><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><div id="res457426024">It&#39;s an interesting jump &mdash; but Stinson&#39;s not ready to draw any conclusions yet.</div></div><p>&quot;It&#39;s hard to say if we&#39;re seeing a pattern, a change in prosecutorial behavior, anything like that, because we&#39;re dealing with such small numbers,&quot; Stinson says. &quot;We&#39;re dealing with outliers.&quot;</p><p>Statistics aside, though, he does think the justice system is giving police less benefit of the doubt than it did when he was a young cop.</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s being chipped away,&quot; he says. &quot;I think that now we&#39;re not taking officers at their word, and that people are looking a little bit closer. And I think that goes for prosecutors as well.&quot;</p><p>Still, there&#39;s a lot of skepticism about whether prosecutors can be objective about the police, whom they work with every day.</p><p>That skepticism grows when the decision to charge them seems to drag out, as it did in McDonald&#39;s case in Chicago, until the video came out &mdash; or in Cleveland, where it&#39;s been<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/11/20/456626171/for-family-of-tamir-rice-an-inauspicious-anniversary">a year since a police officer shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice</a>.</p><p>Jonathan Abady is one of the lawyers representing Rice&#39;s mother; he believes prosecutors there have been using that time to weaken their own case against the officer.</p><p>&quot;It seems to us that it&#39;s taking a year because this prosecutor is more interested in protecting the police, and what they&#39;ve been doing for that year is searching for people who would be willing to call what is clearly in our view an unreasonable police shooting justified,&quot; Abady says.</p><p>The prosecutor in Cleveland calls that theory &quot;baseless,&quot; and in fact, legal experts say it really isn&#39;t fair to assume that the fix is in, just because a charging decision is taking a long time.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s not a race,&quot; says Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School and a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles.</p><p>&quot;There are good strategic reasons for a prosecutor actually not to bring the charges just because they can bring the charges so quickly,&quot; she says.</p><p>Once you&#39;ve file charges, Levenson says, it gets harder to collect evidence against an officer.</p><p>And people don&#39;t realize how hard it is to make a case against cops; they usually have great lawyers, and they still get more sympathy from juries than the average murder defendant. Prosecutors have their work cut out for them, she says, even when there is a video.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/11/25/457415588/since-ferguson-a-rise-in-charges-against-police-officers?ft=nprml&amp;f=457415588" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/ferguson-rise-charges-against-police-officers-113953 Database Shows Complaints Against Chicago Officer Charged In Teen's Death http://www.wbez.org/news/database-shows-complaints-against-chicago-officer-charged-teens-death-113946 <p><p>NPR&#39;s Ari Shapiro talks with Jamie Kalven, co-founder of the Invisible Institute, which with the University of Chicago put together a database of police misconduct in Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/complaints-against-chicago-cops-published-after-20-year-saga-113715" target="_blank">RELATED: You Can Now Search Complaints Against Chicago Police Officers</a></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gettyimages-498665158_custom-9c648367ac84089a77935afb947a597730c6d83b-s700-c85%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 359px; width: 540px;" title="Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Tuesday following the release of a video showing Jason Van Dyke, a police officer, shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the October 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets. So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)" /></div><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933">Read more of our coverage of the Laquan McDonald case</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/database-shows-complaints-against-chicago-officer-charged-teens-death-113946 5 Arrested During Largely Peaceful Protests Following Release of Police Shooting Video http://www.wbez.org/news/5-arrested-during-largely-peaceful-protests-following-release-police-shooting-video-113934 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/laquanmcdonaldprotest.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Most protesters in Chicago seemed to honor pleas for restraint in the hours after the release of a dash-cam video showing the shooting death of a black teen by a white police officer.</p><p>Demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday night, at times numbering in the hundreds. The demonstrations dissipated in the early morning hours Wednesday without any reports of damage or injuries.</p><p>Chicago police say they arrested five protesters on charges including assaulting a police officer, weapons possession and resisting arrest.</p><p>One of those arrested was 38-year-old Dean M. Vanriper of Murrieta, California. Police say he had a stun gun and a knife.</p><p>A 22-year-old Chicago man, Malcolm London, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a police officer. Police say he struck an officer during one protest Tuesday night in downtown Chicago.</p><p>The officer was treated for injuries that weren&#39;t life-threatening and released.</p><p>London and Vanriper were scheduled to appear in bond court later Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether either man already had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.</p><p>Protest groups are expected to stage more demonstrations in the days ahead, including one at City Hall scheduled for Wednesday and another seeking to block Michigan Avenue during Friday&#39;s holiday shopping bonanza.</p><p>The protests came after the release of the dash-cam video in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times. Jason Van Dyke, a Chicago police officer, was charged with first-degree murder in McDonald&#39;s death earlier Tuesday.</p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/5-arrested-during-largely-peaceful-protests-following-release-police-shooting-video-113934 Chicago Officer Charged with Murder in Killing of Black Teen http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933 <p><p>▲ <strong>LISTEN:</strong> <em>After a long investigation into the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, the case quickly unfolded Tuesday and now a Chicago police officer is charged with murder. WBEZ&rsquo;s Natalie Moore tells us how it all went down.</em></p><p><em>Updated Nov. 25, 6:52 a.m.</em></p><p>The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.</p><p>The question now is whether those efforts will be enough to address the simmering resentment that authorities took more than a year to share the footage and charge the officer who emptied an entire magazine into the teen even after he had crumpled to the ground.</p><p>City officials and community leaders had long braced for the release of the dash-cam video showing the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. They feared the kind of turmoil that occurred in cities such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after young black men were slain by police or died in police custody.</p><p>A judge ordered that the recording be made public by Wednesday. Moments before it was released, the mayor and the police chief urged protesters to stay calm.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel said residents will &quot;have to make an important judgment about our city and ourselves and go forward.&quot; He referred to the episode as a potential &quot;moment of understanding and learning.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="290" scrolling="no" src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/457341909/457341910" title="NPR embedded audio player" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>▲ LISTEN</strong><em>: NPR&#39;s Linda Wertheimer talks to attorney Craig Futterman, who joined the fight to have the Laquan McDonald video released.</em></p><p>Chicago authorities are right to be concerned. The sometimes violent protest movement that was galvanized by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014 continues to disrupt cities nationwide. The Nov. 15 killing of black 24-year-old Jamar Clark by a white Minneapolis police officer has prompted days of protests outside a police precinct. And the demonstrations continue, despite calls from Clark&#39;s family to go home after a shooting near the protest site injured five people.</p><p>In Chicago, protest groups are expected to stage more demonstrations in the days ahead, including one at City Hall scheduled for Wednesday and another seeking to block the main city&#39;s shopping thoroughfare, Michigan Avenue, during Friday&#39;s holiday spending bonanza.</p><p>Among the protesters was Justin Taylor, an 18-year-old University of Iowa student who returned home to Chicago for Thanksgiving.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s powerful we&#39;re coming together,&quot; Taylor said. &quot;Things like this happen too often.&quot;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ferguson-rise-charges-against-police-officers-113953" target="_blank">RELATED:&nbsp;<span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: 21px;">Since Ferguson, A Rise In Charges Against Police Officers</span></a></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_610478196876.jpg" style="height: 359px; width: 540px;" title="Chicago police form a line to prevent protesters from entering an expressway on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago. White Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times last year, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing. (AP/Paul Beaty)" /></p><p>The relevant portion of the video runs for less than 40 seconds and has no audio.</p><p>McDonald swings into view on a four-lane street where police vehicles are stopped in the middle of the roadway. As he jogs down an empty lane, he appears to pull up his pants and then slows to a brisk walk, veering away from two officers who are emerging from a vehicle and drawing their guns.</p><p>Almost immediately, one of the officers appears to fire from close range. McDonald spins around and collapses on the pavement.</p><p>The car with the camera continues to roll forward until the officers are out of the frame. Then McDonald can be seen lying on the ground, moving occasionally. At least two small puffs of smoke are seen coming off his body as the officer continues firing.</p><p>In the final moments, an officer kicks something out of McDonald&#39;s hands.</p><p>Police have said the teen had a knife. Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Tuesday that a 3-inch knife with its blade folded into the handle was recovered from the scene.</p><p>Shortly after the video&#39;s release, protesters began marching through city streets. Several hundred people blocked traffic on the near West Side. Some circled police cars in an intersection and chanted &quot;16 shots.&quot;</p><p>Demonstrators, at times numbering in the hundreds, streamed through streets in the downtown and near South Side areas, gathering at one point outside the police department&#39;s District 1 headquarters.</p><p>Later, along Michigan Avenue, at least one person was detained, which led to a tense moment as protesters tried to prevent police from taking him away. Some threw plastic water bottles at officers and sat behind a police vehicle, refusing to move. Officers pulled them away, and the vehicle sped off.</p><p>The biggest group had mostly dissipated by 11 p.m., with a few dozen returning to the District 1 building. Another group of at least 50 people briefly blocked a busy expressway before walking toward a lakefront park.</p><p>Before the release of the video, city officials spent months arguing that the footage could not be made public until the conclusion of several investigations. After the judge&#39;s order, the investigations were quickly wrapped up and a charge announced.</p><p>Alvarez said concern about the impending release prompted her to move up the announcement of the murder charge.</p><p>&quot;It is graphic. It is violent. It is chilling,&quot; she said. &quot;To watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is deeply disturbing. I have absolutely no doubt that this video will tear at the hearts of all Chicagoans.&quot;</p><p>But she also defended the 13 months it took to charge Officer Jason Van Dyke, insisting that she made a decision &quot;weeks ago&quot; to charge him and the video&#39;s ordered release did not influence that.</p><p>Some community leaders questioned that assertion.</p><p>&quot;This is a panicky reaction to an institutional crisis within the criminal justice system,&quot; said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said he hoped to see &quot;massive&quot; but peaceful demonstrations.</p><p>Months after McDonald&#39;s death, the city agreed to a $5 million settlement with his family, even before relatives filed a lawsuit, a move that also drew deep skepticism from the community.</p><p>At the time of McDonald&#39;s death, police were responding to complaints about someone breaking into cars and stealing radios.</p><p>Van Dyke, who was denied bond on Tuesday, was the only officer of the several who were on the scene to open fire.</p><p>Alvarez said the officer was on the scene for just 30 seconds before he started shooting. She said he opened fire just six seconds after getting out of his vehicle and kept firing even though McDonald dropped to the ground after the initial shots.</p><p>At Tuesday&#39;s hearing, Assistant State&#39;s Attorney Bill Delaney said the shooting lasted 14 or 15 seconds and that McDonald was on the ground for 13 of those seconds.</p><p>An autopsy report showed that McDonald was shot at least twice in his back and PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, was found in his system.</p><p>Van Dyke&#39;s attorney, Dan Herbert, maintains his client feared for his life and acted lawfully and that the video does not tell the whole story.</p><p>After the shooting, Van Dyke was stripped of his police powers and assigned to desk duty.</p><p>Herbert said the case needs to be tried in a courtroom and &quot;can&#39;t be tried in the streets, can&#39;t be tried on social media and can&#39;t be tried on Facebook.&quot;</p><p><strong>Watch the dashcam video of the incident below<a name="video"></a>. </strong></p><p><em>Viewer discretion advised: This video contains graphic violent images.</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Du3rWHWm61Q?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p><strong>Bond Proffer for Officer Jason Van Dyke</strong></p><p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/291101657/Bond-proffer-for-Officer-Jason-Van-Dyke" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Bond proffer for Officer Jason Van Dyke on Scribd">Bond proffer for Officer Jason Van Dyke</a> by <a href="https://www.scribd.com/user/158286203/Chicago-Public-Media" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Chicago Public Media's profile on Scribd">Chicago Public Media</a></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.7729220222793488" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_7874" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/291101657/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-qs7qHO2RuREQd21Tm8ym&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933 Chicago Braces For Black Lives Matter Protests http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-24/chicago-braces-black-lives-matter-protests-113924 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/7025398493_545f52fb1a_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, turned himself in this morning in order to be <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/first-degree-murder-charge-chicago-police-officer-black-teens-death-113912" target="_blank">charged with the October 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald</a>, who is African-American.</p><p>Tonight, city officials will release video of the confrontation. Lawyers for the McDonald family say the video&nbsp;shows Van Dyke firing multiple rounds at McDonald as he lay on the ground, after Van Dyke and other officers confronted the teenager acting erratically and carrying a knife.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">I am asking people who believe in prayer to pray for our city 48hrs of prayer Tues 6pm - Thurs 6pm Pray where you are, with us, for us <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pray?src=hash">#pray</a></p>&mdash; Corey Brooks (@CoreyBBrooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyBBrooks/status/669146255533191168">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, tells<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/24/chicago-police-shooting-video" target="_blank"><em>&nbsp;Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</em></a> Meghna Chakrabarti that the Department of Justice has called him and other Chicago pastors to act as a buffer so that violence doesn&rsquo;t get out of hand as people protest.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-24/chicago-braces-black-lives-matter-protests-113924