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Four Chicago police officers involved in the 2014 Laquan McDonald case were fired Thursday. Three were fired for making

Four police officers fired for their part in Laquan McDonald shooting, cover-up

July 18, 2019

Four police officers were fired by the Chicago Police Board Thursday night for their involvement in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The officers allegedly attempted to cover up...

Illinois Supreme Court denies new sentencing for Jason Van Dyke

Illinois Supreme Court denies new sentencing for Jason Van Dyke

March 20, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court denied a petition by Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Special Prosecutor Joseph McMahon to resentence Jason Van Dyke, whom Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced to 81 months in p...

Judge Gaughan: ‘One act, one sentence, one crime,’ Van Dyke sentenced

January 18, 2019

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for the murder of Laquan McDonald, concluding one of the most racially charged trials in Chicago history. Co...

“We the jury find the defendant, Jason Van Dyke, guilty”

October 8, 2018

Demonstrators rallied across Chicago Oct. 5 after Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. “My sons, like me, they’re afraid of...

The past is never dead, but revisionism should be

The past is never dead, but revisionism should be

By Tyra Bosnic

November 27, 2017

America is seeing another historic era of political dissent.The day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., became one of the largest protests in recent hist...

Kim Foxx acts on campaign promises for reform

Kim Foxx acts on campaign promises for reform

May 8, 2017

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has drafted legislation to create an additional layer of investigations in fatal, officer-involved shootings.Foxx, along with the help of state lawmakers in the...

The Motivate & Encourage Music Appreciation program at Stone Academy has now expanded to Langford Community Academy on the South Side.

Do-re-MeMa: program mixes music, activism to teach history

March 13, 2017

Instead of cracking open textbooks for their next history lesson, students are writing original melodies and lyrics to tackle the past.The Motivate & Encourage Music Appreciation program has been teaching...

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson presented and discussed the department's new Use of Force policy at the Union League Club Nov. 29.

CPD Superintendent: ‘Law enforcement is under scrutiny like never before’

December 5, 2016

For the first time in history, the Chicago Police Department is asking for community input on its Use of Force policy to improve “de-escalation” techniques and the “sanctity of life” as well as ...

O’Hare workers protest for $15/ hour, union rights | The Columbia Chronicle

December 5, 2016

O’Hare workers gathered outside the airport Nov. 29 to fight for union rights as well as a raise to $15 an hour in conjunction with the Fight for 15 movement. Workers said they waited until after Thank...

Recall elections of Chicago officials in honor of Laquan McDonald have support, but many doubt the bill will be successful in the Illinois State House.

Recall election procedures requested in honor of Laquan

October 31, 2016

One day before the two-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, legislation written in the 17-year-old’s name was introduced that would permi...

Protesters calling for police reform gathered Oct. 20 outside CPD Headquarters on the two-year anniversary of the death of Laquan McDonald, who was killed by a CPD officer.

Two years after Laquan: Chicago continues demands for accountability, resignations

October 24, 2016

Demands for police accountability and political reform continue as protesters and activists honored the two-year anniversary of Laquan McDonald’s death. The event, held outside of the Chicago Police D...

Garry McCarthy, former Chicago Police Department superintendent, said he thinks noncompliance with law enforcement is being encouraged and legitimized at a Sept. 19 City Club of Chicago panel.

McCarthy: ‘Noncompliance is becoming legitimized’

September 26, 2016

Former Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy told the attendees of a City Club of Chicago forum Sept. 19, that Mayor Rahm Emanuel made him a scapegoat for his political failures.McCarthy, who...

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