BRANDON SMITH


Jason Van Dyke trial, Laquan McDonald shooting timeline

A 17-year-old who authorities say was wielding a knife was shot by a police officer 16 times. The shooting death of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke is a story with ripple effects beyond the court case that follows. Read on for a timeline of events.October 20, 2014April 13, 2015Federal and county prosecutors confirm they are investigating the October fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer of teenager Laquan McDonald.April 15, 2015The Chicago City Council approves a $5 million settlement with Laquan McDonald's family.November 18, 2015: The settlement with the city included an agreement that the video not be released. Freelance journalist Brandon Smith filed a lawsuit to have that video released.November 19, 2015: A Cook County judge ruled the Chicago Police Department must release the graphic dashboard video;November 20, 2015November 21, 2015November 23, 2015November 24, 2015November 25, 2015: If not for the efforts of activist William Calloway and journalist Brandon Smith, video of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke 16 firing fatal shots at Laquan McDonald might still be in the hands of investigators and attorneys, not the public.November 26, 2015November 27, 2015November 28, 2015November 29, 2015November 30, 2015December 1, 2015December 2, 2015December 3, 2015December 4, 2015December 5, 2015December 8, 2015December 9, 2015December 11, 2015December 15, 2015December 16, 2015December 17, 2015December 18, 2015December 19, 2015December 24, 2015: Protesters marched on Michigan Avenue calling for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign.December 29, 2015December 31, 2015January 5, 2016January 6, 2016January 11, 2016January 15, 2016January 22, 2016March 23, 2016: Jason Van Dyke wanted to avoid the threats and abuse he faces every time he attends a court hearing.March 30, 2016April 12, 2016May 5, 2016May 13, 2016June 2, 2016June 3, 2016: Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority released more than 300 video clips, along with audio recordings and police reports, from pending investigations of 101 police-involved incidents.June 14, 2016July 29, 2016: It was announced that a special prosecutor would investigate the Chicago police officers whose accounts of Laquan McDonald's shooting by Officer Jason Van Dyke differ from what is seen on dashcam video.August 4, 2016August 18, 2016August 30, 2016September 29, 2016October 5, 2016: The ordinance to form a new Civilian Office of Police Accountability passed by a 38-9 City Council vote.November 2, 2016November 8, 2016December 28, 2016January 10, 2017A Cook County judge said he will turn over to lawyers Laquan McDonad's juvenile records except those pertaining to the teen's mother and sister.January 13, 2017January 19, 2017Four Chicago police officers who were at the scene of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald are suspended for failing to ensure the dashboard cameras in their squad cars were operating properly.March 8, 2017March 23, 2017May 17, 2017June 12, 2017June 27, 2017June 28, 2017July 10, 2017July 18, 2017August 11, 2017September 15, 2017December 13, 2017March 8, 2018April 12, 2018A Chicago police officer and two former officers choose a bench trial after pleading not guilty to conspiring to cover up what happened the night Van Dyke killed a McDonald by shooting him 16 times.April 26, 2018April 28, 2018May 10, 2018May 23, 2018July 31, 2018August 14, 2018August 16, 2018August 29, 2018August 30, 2018September 1, 2018September 4, 2018September 5, 2018September 6, 2018September 10, 2018September 13, 2018:September 17, 2018:September 18, 2018September 19, 2018:September 24, 2018:September 25, 2018:September 26, 2018:October 2, 2018:October 3, 2018:October 4, 2018:October 5, 2018:October 8, 2018:October 9, 2018:October 30, 2018:October 31, 2018:November 27, 2018:November 28, 2018:December 4, 2018:December 6, 2018:December 19, 2018:January 10, 2019:January 11, 2019:January 14, 2019:January 18, 2019:

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