Judge: Trial in Laquan McDonald shooting to start Sept. 5
CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald will stand trial starting Sept. 5. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan’s ruling Tuesday comes more than 2 ½ years after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of the 17-year-old on the city’s southwest side. The shooting made international headlines when a judge forced the city to release a dashcam video showing Van Dyke shooting the teen 16 times. The video sparked massive protests, cost the Chicago police superintendent his job, prompted federal and local investigations, and led to charges filed against other officers at the scene who are accused of lying about what they saw.