CHICAGO (AP) — The latest developments in the fallout from fatal police shootings in Chicago and a federal civil rights investigation into the city’s police department (all times local):
A small, angry group outside a Cook County courthouse has confronted the white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times.
Several people shouted profanities and pounded on the black pickup truck before it pulled away with officer Jason Van Dyke inside.
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Van Dyke appeared in court Friday for the first time since a grand jury indicted him on Wednesday. He faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct in the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The judge scheduled his arraignment for Dec. 29.
Video of the shooting has triggered protests, forced the resignation of the city’s police chief and put the entire Police Department under a wide-ranging civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
An attorney for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager says he is considering asking for a change of venue after comments Mayor Rahm Emanuel made about his client.
Attorney Dan Herbert says “the mayor has continued to indict (his) client in the press and before the city council for the last couple of weeks.”
Jason Van Dyke faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct in 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s death. Van Dyke shot the teen 16 times in a 2014 shooting captured on a squad car video.
In a news conference last month to release the video, Emanuel told reporters it was clear “Van Dyke violated both the standards of professionalism that come with being a police officer but also basic moral standards that bind our community together.”
There’s a hearing in state court for a white Chicago police officer charged in a black teenager’s shooting death.
Friday’s hearing in a Cook County criminal court follows Jason Van Dyke’s indictment by a grand jury earlier this week. He faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct in 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s death.
Defense attorney Dan Herbert says the noon hearing will be an opportunity for prosecutors to read the indictment. He says Van Dyke will attend. An arraignment will be scheduled, likely within a few weeks.
Prosecutors initially charged Van Dyke with one count of murder hours before a video of the 2014 shooting was released. Prosecutors say Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times as the teen walked away from police carrying a small knife.
Another sign that a federal civil rights investigation of Chicago police is underway is a new phone number and email for residents to offer information on alleged misconduct by police.
A U.S. Department of Justice statement says members of the public are encouraged to call or email to share “information relevant to the investigation.” The phone number is 844-401-3735. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DOJ announced the investigation on Dec. 7 soon after the release of video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager.
Community outreach is a key feature of the probe. Investigators will also conduct town hall meetings.
Among other things, the investigation will examine whether there are patterns of racial disparity in the Police Department’s use of force.