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Chicago officer convicted in teen’s death

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/05/18, 03:28 pm

A jury on Friday convicted a white Chicago police officer of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of a black teenager. Officer Jason Van Dyke, a 13-year veteran of the force, shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was holding a knife and had stabbed the tire of a police car. Officers had him surrounded on a city street and were waiting for someone to arrive with a stun gun to subdue him. Squad car video showed McDonald walking away from police when Van Dyke fired 16 shots. At trial, Van Dyke said the video did not show his point of view, and he believed his life was in danger.

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A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster on his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, footage released Sunday from an officer’s body-worn camera revealed. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he released the 30-second video clip to dispel rumors that Harith Augustus, 37, was unarmed.

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Crime | The increasing violence in Chicago’s poor neighborhoods seems impervious to social programs, but small churches see small changes as they preach the gospel and model better lives
by Jamie Dean
Posted 7/18/17, 08:58 pm

WEST AND SOUTH SIDE CHICAGO—For Chicago’s summer tourists, most travel guides suggest familiar stops: Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, or one of the boat tours along the winding river through a gleaming downtown.

Less popular: Hot spots in the West and South sides, where scores of residents have been shot this year. Over the Fourth of July weekend alone, at least 102 people were shot. Fifteen people died.

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