Key moments in case of teen fatally shot by Chicago cop

AP News
Posted: Nov 30, 2015 6:05 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A look at key moments in the case of a black teenager who was killed by a white Chicago police officer who shot him 16 times:


Oct. 20: Officer Jason Van Dyke responds to a call about a teenager breaking into cars and stealing radios. He shoots 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, whom authorities say is armed with a knife, 16 times, killing him.


April 15: The Chicago City Council votes to pay a $5 million settlement to McDonald's family, who didn't sue the city.

May 26: A freelance journalist files a Freedom of Information Act request for squad car dashcam video of the shooting. After the city denies the request, citing an ongoing investigation, he files a lawsuit.

Nov. 19: A Cook County judge orders Chicago officials to release the video on or before Nov. 25.

Nov. 24: Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announces she is charging Van Dyke with first-degree murder. Hours later, Chicago police release the video, sparking several days of protests.

Nov. 29: The University of Chicago announces it is canceling all classes and activities on Nov. 30 because of a threat passed on by the FBI. The threat mentioned the campus quad and 10 a.m. Monday.

Nov. 30: Chicago resident Jabari R. Dean is charged in a federal complaint with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. Prosecutors say the 21-year-old black man threatened on a social media website to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago.