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Prosecutor: No More Indictments In Laquan McDonald Shooting

A special prosecutor has no plans to indict any more Chicago police officers who were present when a fellow officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald, or took part in the investigation. The Chicago Tribune reports that Patricia Brown Holmes told a judge at a hearing Tuesday that a special grand jury convened to examine the October 2014 shooting by Officer Jason Van Dyke has finished its investigation and has been disbanded. The announcement means that the number of current or former officers charged in an alleged cover-up to protect Van Dyke stands at three: Van Dyke’s partner and a second officer at the scene and the lead detective in the investigation of the shooting.

Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder.

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Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke attends a hearing for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke attends a hearing for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

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A special prosecutor has no plans to indict any more Chicago police officers who were present when a fellow officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald, or took part in the investigation.

WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell reports that Patricia Brown Holmes told a judge at a hearing Tuesday that the investigation by a special grand jury — convened to examine the October 2014 shooting by Officer Jason Van Dyke — has concluded and that “no further indictments will be forthcoming.”

The announcement means that the number of current or former officers charged in an alleged cover-up to protect Van Dyke stands at three: Van Dyke’s partner and a second officer at the scene and the lead detective in the investigation of the shooting.

Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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