Just one day after an Ohio grand jury declined to bring charges against two officers who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and misconduct in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
In October 2014, Chicago Police Officer Van Dyke fired 16 bullets into McDonald. The incident was captured on his patrol car’s dash cam, but the video was not released until a few weeks ago, over one year after the incident.
If found guilty, Van Dyke could face 20 years to life in prison.
The Justice Department is currently investigating the Chicago police and embattled Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is fond of firing everyone but himself and recently created a police accountability task force. The group is comprised of five people who will weigh in on police reforms following the McDonald shooting and publish their recommendations in March. Meanwhile, Chicago locals continue to protest Emanuel and demand that he step down as mayor.
In other news, over the weekend, two more black people—including a 19-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman—were killed by CPD when officers responded to a domestic disturbance call.
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