Latest Jason Van Dyke News

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

Dec. 2, 2019 7:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent incident in which Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his car after having drinks. Named to the job in the...

Witness to Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting settles lawsuit

Nov. 29, 2019 6:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who witnessed the fatal 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer has settled her lawsuit against the city. Alma Benitez alleges in the federal lawsuit filed in 2016 that investigators tried to pressure her into changing her account of the shooting. Benitez was in...

Chicago cop convicted in Laquan McDonald’s death moved again

Nov. 27, 2019 12:37 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A white former Chicago police officer convicted of second-degree murder last year in the 2014 death of black teenager Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times, is no longer in a federal prison in New York. Authorities won’t say where he was transferred or the reason he was relocated....

Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection

Nov. 19, 2019 3:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection. In her news release saying she’s seeking the position again, Cook...

Chicago's top cop retiring after turbulent 3-plus years

Nov. 7, 2019 6:37 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Thursday that he's retiring after more than three years as the city's top cop, a post he took over during one of the most violent chapters in the city's history and amid public outcry over the release of a video showing an officer...

Ex-cop accused in Laquan McDonald cover-up gets record wiped

Oct. 24, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective who was acquitted of a cover-up in the 2014 fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old will have the accusation expunged from his record. Cook County Circuit Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. on Thursday approved the petition filed by David March to expunge the conspiracy,...

Buttigieg removes attorney from fundraiser after backlash

Oct. 18, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is returning campaign contributions from a former Chicago city attorney who led a vigorous effort to block the release of a video depicting the shooting of Laquan McDonald , a black teenager whose death at the hands of police stirred months of protest and resulted in an...

Oversight board fires police officer for fatally shooting 2

Oct. 17, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police oversight board on Thursday fired an officer who fatally shot two people — a teenager he said threatened him with a bat and a woman standing nearby. The Chicago Police Board fired officer Robert Rialmo nearly four years after the deaths of 19-year-old Quintonio...

Chicago's top cop found lying in car; requests investigation

Oct. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson asked the city's police department to conduct an internal investigation on himself Thursday after he was found lying down in a car. A passerby found Johnson early Thursday in a car parked near a stop sign and called 911. Police department spokesman...

Chicago officer convicted of murder resigns from department

Oct. 15, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer convicted of killing black teenager Laquan McDonald has resigned from the department. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Jason Van Dyke formally resigned last week. The department moved to fire Van Dyke for shooting the 17-year-old...