16 Shots: The Police Shooting Of Laquan McDonald In October of 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 feds were sent in to investigate the culture at the police department. Now, the police officer at the center of the shooting, Jason Van Dyke, will stand trial for murder. WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune look at how Van Dyke and McDonald intersected that night nearly four years ago, the alleged cover-up of the shooting, and examine the long history of friction between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department. And we'll follow the trial — bringing you insight, context, and analysis.
16 Shots: The Police Shooting Of Laquan McDonald

16 Shots: The Police Shooting Of Laquan McDonald

From WBEZ Chicago

In October of 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 feds were sent in to investigate the culture at the police department. Now, the police officer at the center of the shooting, Jason Van Dyke, will stand trial for murder. WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune look at how Van Dyke and McDonald intersected that night nearly four years ago, the alleged cover-up of the shooting, and examine the long history of friction between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department. And we'll follow the trial — bringing you insight, context, and analysis.

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Ep 25: Benedictions

On the Sunday after the verdict, we go to two Chicago churches in very different neighborhoods and hear their very different takes on Van Dyke, the shooting and the trial. We hear from Laquan's friends and are surprised at what we find when we go back to the scene of the shooting at 41st and Pulaski.

Ep 24: Inside The Jury Room

The jurors talk to reporters about why they convicted Van Dyke. Activists express thanks for the guilty verdict and Van Dyke's attorney Dan Herbert says cops are now going to stay in their cars.

Ep 23: Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second-degree murder and on all 16 counts of aggravated battery.

Ep 22: Closing Arguments

Lawyers gave their closing arguments Thursday in the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

Ep 21: The Defense Rests

We examine the defense's case and hear about what Chicago police officers are saying about the trial.

Ep 20: Van Dyke Testifies

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke took the stand in his own defense in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

Ep 19: Will He Testify?

After four days of defense witnesses, one key person has not testified: Officer Jason Van Dyke. We explore the potential costs and benefits of Van Dyke testifying and we look at a previous police shooting in which he gave testimony under oath.

Ep 18: The Effects Of PCP

Lawyers for Officer Jason Van Dyke called witnesses Thursday to testify about PCP, police training, and McDonald's behavior hours before the shooting.

Ep 17: The Initial Call

A truck driver who called 911 took the witness stand and described fighting off a knife-wielding man moments before Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald.

Ep 16: From Van Dyke's Perspective

The defense presented a computer-generated video that showed the shooting of Laquan McDonald from the perspective of Officer Jason Van Dyke.

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