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LAQUAN McDONALD: The State of Illinois vs. Jason Van Dyke *GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by Kimster, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Authorities say McDonald, 17, was armed with a 4-inch knife when Van Dyke, who is white, confronted him. The teen did not comply with "numerous police orders to drop the knife," the officer's attorney, Daniel Herbert, told the Chicago Tribune, when Van Dyke opened fire.

    "He's scared to death, but more than himself he's scared for his wife, his two kids," Herbert said of his client before charges were filed. "He knows in his heart of hearts that his actions were appropriate."

    Activists, however, have blasted Van Dyke. And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined them last week.

    An attorney for Jason Van Dyke says his client didn't do anything wrong.

    "Police officers are entrusted to uphold the law, and to provide safety to our residents," the mayor's office said in a statement. "In this case, unfortunately, it appears an officer violated that trust at every level."

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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for calm as the city released video in the case of police officer Jason Van Dyke, who is charged with murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

    "I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding," Emanuel said.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Lack of sound in Laquan McDonald shooting videos 'raises a red flag'

    A police dash-cam video that captures a white Chicago officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times has no sound, nor do videos from four other squad cars at the scene. But department protocol indicates all the cruisers should have been recording audio that night.


    Rauner: 'I cried' when watching Laquan McDonald video

    Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday weighed in on the political firestorm that has erupted around the deadly shooting of an African-American teen by a Chicago police officer last year, saying the recently released video of the incident brought him to tears and raised questions about the city's delayed response.

    "I watched the video when it came out last week. I cried," Rauner told reporters. "That video — shocking, terrifying. I cried for the young man who was brutally shot. I cried for the thousands of police officers who are honest and hardworking, put themselves in harm's way to serve and protect us and whose reputation gets damaged by the behavior of a few bad people."


    Laquan McDonald’s Classmates Have Watched His Videotaped Death, Too

    s been nine days since the video of Laquan McDonald was released. Among the millions viewing the shooting are his classmates.

    CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at the killing through the eyes of other teens.

    Students at Sullivan House High School have not only seen the infamous video of their former classmate, Laquan McDonald, pelted with bullets by a Chicago cop, but they’ve watched numerous times.

    One youth says he’s seen it “at least 30 times.”

    Why so many times?

    “I tried to make some sense of it. But as many times as I’ve seen it, I couldn’t,” Dwayne Bush says.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The complicated, short life of Laquan McDonald

    When Laquan McDonald was nearly 16 and locked up again in a juvenile detention center, he tried to brush aside the challenges of his complicated life.

    Born to a teenage mother, shuttled among five homes in the first five years of his life, abused and neglected, the teen described why he used marijuana every day. It gave him a calmness, he explained to a court clinician tasked with the teen's evaluation, that suppressed his anger, allowing him to keep a constant "smile on my face."

    McDonald knew the gritty truth about his life and all its jagged edges. Sadly, the odds of survival were stacked against him from the time he was born until one month after his 17th birthday, when an encounter with Chicago police ended with the teen lying in a city street, his body riddled with 16 bullet wounds.

    Officer Jason Van Dyke faces a first-degree murder charge for gunning down McDonald, who authorities allege was on PCP and holding a knife with a 3-inch blade. The video shows that Van Dyke opened fire when McDonald was walking away, not lunging with the weapon as police alleged.

    MORE: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-laquan-mcdonald-trouble-met-20151211-story.html
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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Emails reveal City Hall struggle to quell Laquan McDonald crisis

    The 3,085 pages of City Hall emails released Thursday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration begin with a short message dated Oct. 21, 2014, from the Chicago Public Schools:

    “MACDONALD, Laquan M/17 yrs old . . . 10th grade student at YCCS-Sullivan House Alternative HS . . . shot and killed on October 20, 2014,” reads the rather unremarkable note about the teen’s death.

    What would unfold over the next 14 months would be anything but unremarkable.

    As the situation evolved, Emanuel’s staff went from fact-gathering mode — and negotiating a $5 million settlement with McDonald’s family to avoid a wrongful-death lawsuit — to crisis management, monitoring everything from national news coverage of daily protests to comments that activist-priest Michael Pfleger and others said on TV and posted on Facebook, the emails show.

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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Witnesses to the police killing of Laquan McDonald were questioned for hours, threatened by officers and ordered to change their accounts to match the official Chicago police version of the shooting, attorneys for the teen's estate say.

    The allegations are contained in more than 3,000 pages of recently released documents related to the case. The attorneys also allege that officers up the chain of command fabricated witness accounts to support officers at the scene who described the October 2014 shooting as justified.

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Judge still mulling who to appoint to prosecute cop in Laquan McDonald killing

    A Cook County judge said Thursday he is still deciding who to name as special prosecutor to try Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke on first-degree murder charges in connection with the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

    Van Dyke's attorney, Daniel Herbert, declined to comment after the hearing, saying Judge Vincent Gaughan had issued a "gag order" on lawyers in the case. No such written order could be found in court records, but the judge regularly has held closed-door meetings with prosecutors and Van Dyke's attorneys.

    The dashboard camera video of Van Dyke shooting McDonald has caused a firestorm of controversy and led to calls for major reforms amid a U.S. Justice Department investigation of police practices. The shooting took place in October 2014, but the officer wasn't charged until late last November, hours before a judge ordered the release of the video showing Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times as he walked away from police with a knife in his hand.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    7 Chicago Officers Face Firing Over Laquan McDonald Cover-Up

    Chicago’s police superintendent has called for the firing of seven officers for their response to a colleague’s fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014, a case that roiled the city and laid bare longstanding tensions between the police and black Chicagoans.

    Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s decision, announced Thursday by a Police Department spokesman, comes nearly two years after Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots at Mr. McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American.

    The dashboard camera video of the shooting that was released, under public pressure, in November incited widespread protests and exposed an entrenched “code of silence” among officers who had sworn to a far different account of the shooting from what the video captured.

    The seven officers recommended for firing were accused of making false reports. They had backed up Officer Van Dyke’s account that Mr. McDonald had moved menacingly toward him with a knife. But their story was contradicted by the video of the shooting; while Mr. McDonald had a knife, he seemed to be veering away from the police when Officer Van Dyke shot him, and the gunfire continued after the teenager collapsed to the ground.

  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Friday marks 3rd anniversary of Laquan McDonald shooting death

    Friday marks three years since a Chicago police officer shot and killed Laquan McDonald.

    Dashcam video of the shooting released more than a year after the 17-year-old's death showed he was shot 16 times by former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke as the teen appeared to be walking away.

    The video led to a public out roar and sweeping changes to the Chicago Police Department, which continue today.

    Activists said they will not stop fighting for justice. Dozens of people showed up at Chicago police headquarters Thursday night and rallied for several hours.

    They want Van Dyke's full prosecution and the removal of all police officers involved in the cover up of McDonald's death. Some took their concerns inside police headquarters to the Chicago Police Board.

    "You allow four police officers to come back to work that was involved in Laquan McDonald. You all, the board, continues to cover up," one woman said at a board meeting.

    The CPD has made some policy changes since the incident, like training officers on de-escalation tactics and working better with the community.

    A memorial event will take place Friday. It includes a town hall discussion with several different community activists and local clergy members.

  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Judge refuses to dismiss charges in Laquan McDonald case

    A judge had rejected a motion to dismiss the first-degree murder charges against the Chicago Police accused in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

    At a hearing on Monday, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan dismissed the motion filed by Van Dyke's attorney, Dan Herbert because he said he didn't agree that Jason Van Dyke's right to a speedy trial was violated.

    During the same hearing, Herbert announced he was filing another motion to have the case against Van Dyke thrown out because of what he says was prosecutorial misconduct by Cook County prosecutors who had the case before it was assigned to a special prosecutor.

    Van Dyke is charged in the 2014 shooting of McDonald. A dashcam video shows Van Dyke shooting the teenager 16 times.

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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Five people picked in first day of jury selection at Jason Van Dyke's murder trial

    Lawyers for Jason Van Dyke have insisted for months that it would be impossible to find impartial Cook County jurors to try the Chicago police officer for the 2014 slaying of Laquan McDonald.

    But as the first day of questioning drew to a close Monday, five jurors had already been selected and sworn in — despite the defense team’s insistence that the judge was too readily accepting potential jurors who indicated a bias.

    More: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...nald-jason-van-dyke-trial-20180910-story.html
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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Jury picked in Van Dyke trial; defense must now decide if it will opt for bench trial instead

    The jurors who could decide one of the biggest murder cases in Cook County history have been selected, with instructions to come back Monday for opening statements.

    But a crucial question still hangs over the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dykefor the slaying of Laquan McDonald: Will the jury even be needed?

    After months of hedging, Van Dyke’s attorneys were instructed by Judge Vincent Gaughan to return Friday to declare whether they want the case in the hands of the jury or Gaughan alone.

    But police officers facing felony charges in Cook County have overwhelmingly opted for bench trials at which a judge alone decides the defendant’s fate.

    Under Illinois law, Van Dyke can unilaterally switch to a bench trial at any point before the 12th juror is sworn in.

    Gaughan on Thursday swore in the 11th juror selected — but said he would postpone swearing in the 12th juror and the alternates until Van Dyke had decided whether a jury is necessary. He gave the defense until Friday to announce its choice.

  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Van Dyke Trial Day 10: The prosecution rests after calling 24 witnesses

    A prosecution expert in the Jason Van Dyke murder trial testified Thursday that “the risk posed by Mr. McDonald did not rise to the necessity of using deadly force to stop him.”

    The expert on the deadly use of force, Urey Patrick, an ex-FBI agent and veteran, noted that Laquan McDonald was moving away from police officers, including Van Dyke, did not make any threats and never moved to the police officers to confront them.

    In the Van Dyke case, Patrick said he used the infamous dashcam video of McDonald’s fatal shooting to assess “the reasonableness of the imminent risk at the moment the officer decides to shoot.”

    Patrick told jurors: “My assessment of the situation was that the risk posed by Mr. McDonald did not rise to the necessity of using deadly force to stop him.”

    Another witness to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald — the father of an earlier prosecution witness — took the stand Thursday afternoon in the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

    Jose Torres explained to jurors that he was taking his son, Xavier, to a hospital when they came upon McDonald’s confrontation with Van Dyke on Pulaski Road.

    Torres said McDonald had turned away from police officers before the shooting began. Torres said he heard shouting and, “I saw him turn his face turn toward their direction. That’s the only thing I saw him do.”

    Torres said McDonald “was trying to walk away . . . He was just trying to get away from them.”

    Torres said McDonald’s shoulders were still turned toward the west side of the street. When asked when the shooting began, Torres said, “once he turned to look, it was quick.”

    Torres said he heard more gunshots after McDonald fell than before. And Torres said he eventually blurted something out:

    “I’m not going to use the word,” Torres said in the courtroom. “But I said, ‘Why the F are they still shooting him if he’s on the ground?”

    Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan shot down a request from Jason Van Dyke’s defense attorneys to throw out the case after prosecutors rested Thursday.

  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke convicted of second-degree murder for killing Laquan McDonald

    Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago police officer, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Friday, nearly four years after he shot and killed Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old holding a knife.

    Van Dyke, 40, also was found guilty on 16 charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, one for each shot fired at McDonald. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the second-degree murder conviction. Each count of aggravated battery with a firearm carries a sentence of between six and 30 years. The judge can decide to have the sentences served concurrently or in succession.

    Van Dyke is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31 for sentencing.


    ‘We Just Didn’t Buy It’: Jury Was Unswayed by Officer’s Story in Laquan McDonald Case

    Officer Jason Van Dyke asked 12 jurors to trust his memory, not a widely circulated dashboard camera video, to know what really happened the night he shot Laquan McDonald 16 times.

    The jurors chose the video.

    On Friday afternoon, after less than eight hours of deliberating, the jury convicted Officer Van Dyke of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in the death of Laquan, a black teenager who was carrying a knife but veering away from the police.

    Most of the jurors stayed behind in the courtroom to speak to reporters after the verdict, as Officer Van Dyke, who is white, was booked into jail. They said they found the officer’s description of the Oct. 20, 2014, shootingto be contradictory, overly rehearsed and simply not believable. And they called into question officers’ tried-and-true strategy of providing tearful testimony to overcome damaging video evidence when charged in a shooting.

    “It seemed kind of like he was finally giving the play after they had been rehearsing with him for weeks,” said one juror, a white woman, who noticed Officer Van Dyke “staring at us, trying to win our sympathy” when he testified.

    “We just didn’t buy it,” said the juror, who like all the others declined to give her name.

    To reach their decision, jurors said they relied on the video, watching it over and over again in the deliberation room. They were not swayed by Officer Van Dyke’s testimony that Laquan targeted him with a menacing stare, made a threatening movement with a knife and tried to get up off the ground after being shot. None of those claims were backed by the video.

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