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Protesters march at pretrial hearing of cop who killed Laquan McDonald

By staff |
August 15, 2017
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Chicago, IL - Over 100 protesters marched on the Cook County Court building for a pretrial hearing in the murder proceedings against Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke. Dash cam video showed Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald, a Black teenager, 16 times.

The hearing resulted in a ruling by the judge that prosecutors can use statements by the Fraternal Order of the Police, the organization which represents the cops, which in turn came from Van Dyke. The protesters were demanding an end to the stalling tactics, and that the judge set a trial date. They called for Van Dyke to be convicted and imprisoned for the October 2014 brutal, racist murder of the 17-year-old teenager.