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Black teen's family laments sentence given to white officer

Jan. 19, 2019 12:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The explosive video of a white Chicago officer shooting a black teenager 16 times shocked consciences around the world with footage of Laquan McDonald getting gunned down as he walked away from police. The graphic images of McDonald crumpling to the street while bullets kept striking him...

Officer who shot black teen sentenced to nearly 7 years

Jan. 18, 2019 11:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from one of the nation's most graphic dashcam videos and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement's "code of...

The Latest: McDonald relative calls sentence partial victory

Jan. 18, 2019 8:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Laquan McDonald's great-uncle says that although it's a partial victory that the former Chicago police officer who killed the black teen...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Jan. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on Friday to six years and nine months in prison in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times, including after the 17-year-old was on the ground. A jury...

Cases in which police officers were charged in shootings

Jan. 18, 2019 7:09 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police officer was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison for the shooting death of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald. Here's a look at that and other cases in recent years in which officers were charged in the fatal shootings of black people: JASON VAN DYKE A jury...

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced to nearly 7 years in prison for killing black teenager Laquan McDonald

Jan. 18, 2019 6:31 PM EST
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced to nearly 7 years in prison for killing black teenager Laquan McDonald.

MLK holiday represents big moment for 2020 Democrats

Jan. 18, 2019 1:22 AM EST

Monday's observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday is emerging as an important moment for Democrats eyeing the White House to talk about one of the most divisive issues in American politics: race. At least a half dozen declared or potential presidential candidates will attend...

Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

Jan. 17, 2019 8:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the black teenager's death that led to protests, a federal investigation of the police department and the rare...

After bloody 2018, Philadelphia unveils gun violence plan

Jan. 17, 2019 5:46 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Months after declaring Philadelphia's gun violence a public health emergency, the mayor presented a roadmap Thursday of broad goals to address the problem. The initiatives unveiled by Mayor Jim Kenney take a public health approach to gun violence and aim to tackle poverty, invest in...

The Latest: Prosecutor hopes case cracks 'code of silence'

Jan. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of three Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald (all times local): 4:05 p.m. A prosecutor says she's disappointed by a judge's acquittal of three Chicago officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 police...