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In October of 2014, a white police officer fatally shot a black teenager on the streets of Chicago. The shooting of Laquan McDonald was captured on video, and sparked outrage across the city. Chicago's top cop was fired, the local state’s attorney was voted out, and the feds were sent in to investig… read more

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Ep 30: 81 Months

January 19th, 2019

18:27

Judge Vincent Gaughan sentences Jason Van Dyke to 81 months in prison. It means he’ll likely serve about 3 years. The officer celebrates with his attorneys. Young activists are angry and struggle to make sense of it.

Ep 29: Not Guilty

January 18th, 2019

17:23

Judge Domenica Stephenson finds 3 Chicago police officers did not lie in their reports to cover-up for Jason Van Dyke the night he killed Laquan …

Ep 28: Consensus or Conspiracy?

December 7th, 2018

20:48

Defense attorneys present just one witness and some documents. That comes after 7 prosecution witnesses over 4 days. The sides make their closing arguments and Judge Domenica Stephenson says she’ll announce a verdict …

Ep 27: Cover-up Trial Begins

November 28th, 2018

15:56

Attorneys give their opening statements in the conspiracy trial of officers who were on the scene when Jason Van Dyke killed Laquan McDonald and a detective who led the investigation of the shooting. We take a closer …

Ep 26: Bad Paper

November 21st, 2018

13:30

A month and a half after Jason Van Dyke was convicted of murder, three other Chicago police officers face charges of conspiring to cover-up for him. …

Ep 25: Benedictions

October 11th, 2018

23:46

On the Sunday after the verdict, we go to two Chicago churches in very different neighborhoods and hear their very different takes on Van Dyke, the shooting and the trial. We hear from Laquan’s friends and are surprised …

Ep 24: Inside The Jury Room

October 6th, 2018

14:28

The jurors talk to reporters about why they convicted Van Dyke. Activists express thanks for the guilty verdict and Van Dyke’s attorney Dan Herbert says cops are now going to stay in their cars.

Ep 23: Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder

October 5th, 2018

17:55

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second-degree murder and on all 16 counts of aggravated battery.

Ep 22: Closing Arguments

October 4th, 2018

25:28

Lawyers gave their closing arguments Thursday in the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

Ep 21: The Defense Rests

October 3rd, 2018

28:10

We examine the defense’s case and hear about what Chicago police officers are saying about the trial.




Ep 20: Van Dyke Testifies

October 2nd, 2018

12:01

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke took the stand in his own defense in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

Ep 19: Will He Testify?

September 28th, 2018

19:43

After four days of defense witnesses, one key person has not testified: Officer Jason Van Dyke. We explore the potential costs and benefits of Van …

Ep 18: The Effects Of PCP

September 27th, 2018

14:16

Lawyers for Officer Jason Van Dyke called witnesses Thursday to testify about PCP, police training, and McDonald’s behavior hours before the shooting.

Ep 17: The Initial Call

September 26th, 2018

11:23

A truck driver who called 911 took the witness stand and described fighting off a knife-wielding man moments before Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald.

Ep 16: From Van Dyke's Perspective

September 25th, 2018

10:27

The defense presented a computer-generated video that showed the shooting of Laquan McDonald from the perspective of Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Ep 15: The Defense Begins

September 24th, 2018

10:40

Lawyers for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke called their first witnesses on Monday. One big question remains: Will Van Dyke take the stand?

Ep 14: Analyzing The Prosecution

September 21st, 2018

18:44

Our panel of experts reviews the prosecution's case and answers questions about the trial.

Ep 13: The Prosecution Rests

September 20th, 2018

11:05

An expert on police use of deadly force testified that Jason Van Dyke didn’t need to shoot Laquan McDonald.

Ep 12: The Autopsy Explained

September 19th, 2018

17:20

The third day of testimony in the murder trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke focused on Laquan McDonald’s autopsy. We also explore the demeanor of Judge Vincent Gaughan.

Ep 11: Van Dyke’s Police Partner Testifies

September 18th, 2018

10:42

The prosecution continued to call witnesses Tuesday, including Jason Van Dyke’s partner the night of the shooting. We bring you more details from the second day of testimony.

Ep 10: Opening Statements

September 17th, 2018

16:43

In opening statements, prosecutors said Officer Jason Van Dyke didn’t need to shoot and the defense said Laquan McDonald was out of control. We bring …

Ep 9: A Jury Of His Peers

September 14th, 2018

17:48

The 12 jurors and 5 alternates have been picked to decide Jason Van Dyke’s fate. With only one black juror, the racial makeup is controversial. We explore how the jurors were picked -- and what we know about them.

Ep 8: Building A Jury

September 10th, 2018

15:29

Judge Vincent Gaughan began to interview potential jurors on Monday. The first five were selected. We discuss what the prosecution and defense are looking for.

NOTE: A previous version of this episode contained an …

Ep 7: Bail & Reform

September 6th, 2018

10:02

CPD Officer Jason Van Dyke was briefly taken into custody Thursday because of what he said to the media. Meanwhile, the city of Chicago reached an …

Ep 6: Jury Selection Begins

September 5th, 2018

11:47

Jason Van Dyke’s trial started Wednesday. We take you inside the courtroom for the start of jury selection and outside where protesters gathered in force.

Ep 5: The Trial

September 5th, 2018

34:27

The trial of Jason Van Dyke begins today. We profile the lawyers and the judge. Two Chicago legal veterans tell us the moves they expect each side to make. And we ask what this trial means for Chicago.

Ep 4: Chicago’s Mayor Says He Won’t Run Again

September 4th, 2018

13:12

A day before the trial of Jason Van Dyke, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise announcement - he won’t seek a third term in office. The mayor has faced intense scrutiny for how he handled the shooting of Laquan …

Ep 3: The Fallout

August 31st, 2018

44:31

Protesters take to the streets of Chicago after officials release the a video of Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting Laquan McDonald. Critics …

Ep 2: Pattern & Practice

August 30th, 2018

36:04

The fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald aggravated longstanding tensions between Chicago police and the city’s black residents. We look at how a …

Ep 1: The Night Of

August 29th, 2018

36:01

The police shooting of Laquan McDonald forces Chicago to prepare for potential riots. We piece together details from McDonald’s too-short life and …

Preview - 16 Shots: The Police Shooting of Laquan McDonald

August 24th, 2018

3:10

Almost four years ago, Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, was fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago Police officer. Police reported …

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