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Nation Feb 15Chicago police arrest 2 suspects in attack on Jussie Smollett
The investigation into black actor Jussie Smollett's account of being beaten in a racist, anti-gay attack took a sharp turn Friday when police announced the arrest of two black men they believe assaulted the "Empire" cast member. At least one…
Nation Feb 11Prosecutors seek new sentence for officer convicted in Laquan McDonald case
Absent a new sentence and with credit for good behavior, Jason Van Dyke will likely serve only approximately three years.
Nation Jan 18Former Chicago officer sentenced to more than 6 years for Laquan McDonald murder
Jason Van Dyke was sentenced for second-degree murder. The case stemmed from the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Nation Nov 19Gunman opens fire at Chicago hospital, killing 3
An argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and killed an emergency room doctor whom he knew, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer, authorities…
Nation Nov 13Death of black security guard by white police officer draws call for investigation
Footage from surveillance or body cameras could explain whether Roberson was clearly identifiable as a security guard. Audio could determine what, if anything, was said to the officer before the shooting.
Nation Oct 05Jury convicts Chicago officer of 2nd-degree murder in shooting of Laquan McDonald
A jury on Friday convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Nation Oct 03Testimony ends in Chicago officer’s murder trial for fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald
Testimony in the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald concluded Wednesday morning, a quiet ending to a trial just a day after the officer himself provided sometimes emotional and sometimes defiant testimony…
Nation Sep 27Defense for Chicago police officer puts slain teen on trial
After days of prosecutors making their case to jurors that Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke committed first-degree murder in 2014 when he shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, attorneys for the white officer are presenting their own evidence and contenting…
Nation Sep 21Race central to Chicago case, even if jury doesn’t hear it
The issue of race permeates the Laquan McDonald case, from concerns that releasing video of the shooting would ignite racial tensions in a city with a long history of troubled police relationships with minority communities, to protests after it was…
Nation Sep 19Doctor testifies that the order of Laquan McDonald’s 16 gunshot wounds cannot be determined
Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Cook County's chief medical examiner, testified about each gunshot wound as jurors viewed autopsy photos of them.