In 2014, Laquan McDonald, a Black teenager, was fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago Police officer. Police reported McDonald was attacking officers. A video from the scene told a …
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In October 2014, a white police officer fatally shot a Black teenager on the streets of Chicago. The shooting of Laquan McDonald was captured on video and sparked outrage across the city. Chicago’s top cop was fired, the local state’s attorney was voted out and the police officer at the center of the shooting, Jason Van Dyke, was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 81 months in prison. Now, Van Dyke is being released — just three years after being sentenced. In this podcast, first aired in 2018, WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune look at how Van Dyke and McDonald intersected that night in 2014, the alleged cover-up, and the long history of friction between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department.
The 16 Shots team talks to McDonald’s family members, some of whom were surprised to find out Van Dyke’s release was so soon.Listen — 38:53