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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 investigate the culture at the police department. Now, the police officer at the center of the shooting, Jason Van Dyke, will stand trial for murder. WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune look at how Van Dyke and McDonald intersected that night nearly four years ago, the alleged cover-up of the shooting, and examine the long history of friction between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department. And we’ll follow the trial — bringing you insight, context, and analysis.

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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 investigate the culture at the police department. Now, the police officer at the center of the shooting, Jason Van Dyke, will stand trial for murder. WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune look at how Van Dyke and McDonald intersected that night nearly four years ago, the alleged cover-up of the shooting, and examine the long history of friction between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department. And we’ll follow the trial — bringing you insight, context, and analysis.

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4.7 out of 5
818 Ratings

818 Ratings

J. Roche ,

One of the best podcasts out there

One of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard. Incredible reporting, great in-depth coverage, and such an important topic and case that deserves to be delved into as they do in this show. Thank you for your work, and for keeping us, the wider population, educated and informed.

LowNDirty ,

I understand

To continue race as the problem is a narrative that becomes exhausting. Is there a racial divide in America; yes but to continue to drill this into a frame of reference an injustice. We should've focused more on corruption and how the effects of these individuals - selling land rights for money - that's more prevalent.

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Excellent reporting & storytelling!

Clear, concise, facts laid out. Listeners were allowed to come to their own conclusion.

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