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A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke, and the troubled relationship between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department. Brought to you by WBEZ Chicago and The Chicago Tribune

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A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke, and the troubled relationship between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department. Brought to you by WBEZ Chicago and The Chicago Tribune

    Ep 30: 81 Months

    Ep 30: 81 Months

    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.

    • 18 min
    Ep 29: Not Guilty

    Ep 29: Not Guilty

    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 McDonald. Defense attorneys call her courageous. Activist Will Calloway says the code of silence extends to judges. And we hear from Van Dyke jurors as his sentencing approaches.

    • 17 min
    Ep 28: Consensus or Conspiracy?

    Ep 28: Consensus or Conspiracy?

    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 December 19.

    • 20 min
    Ep 27: Cover-up Trial Begins

    Ep 27: Cover-up Trial Begins

    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 look at the judge who will be deciding guilt in the case, Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson, and her relationship with one of the defense attorneys.

    • 15 min
    Ep 26: Bad Paper

    Ep 26: Bad Paper

    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. Prosecutors say the officers’ reports exaggerated the threat Laquan McDonald posed. Defense attorneys say this was a “good case with a little bit of bad paper. Update: The trial has been moved back one day to Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

    • 13 min
    Ep 25: Benedictions

    Ep 25: Benedictions

    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 at what we find when we go back to the scene of the shooting at 41st and Pulaski.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Tex@27! ,

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Very good podcast. Balanced reporting. Only negative comment was on the Attorney Andrea. Clearly biased and detracts from otherwise balanced reporting of the incident and trial.

Mia.11 ,

Excellent Podcast - Terrible Sound Engineering

Loved the podcast. Excellent research and superb reporting. However!!! Some interviews made me cringe so badly I had to turn the volume all the way down and at times take off my headphones. Guests had their microphones inside their mouths and you could literally hear amplified movements of their tongues!! The lip smacking and all kinds of clicking and swishing of saliva! I cannot articulate how torturous those interviews were. I would have fired the sound engineer if this were my podcast.

JR5 reviews ,

Where is episode 1?

I would like to listen to this full podcast, but it starts with episode 2. Where is episode 1?

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