31 episodes

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
867 Ratings

867 Ratings

spcarver ,

Really good.

Well done. As a side ;), Really good. Wish u had titled ep 23 “verdict,” to keep the suspense.

Jewelsmariee ,

Amazing content, horrible spit noises

This podcast is AMAZING in terms of the quality of reporting and presentation of information. Good balance of representing both sides of this story. The only thing that bothers me is the quality of their microphones. The microphones are so good they intensely pick up the spit moving around in people’s mouths. I had to skip every time stacey talked because all I could hear is the spit moving around in her mouth. Thank the lord she didnt host this; sorry stacey. I’m sure you are a fantastic reporter but you sure are a spitty talker. I also wish they would have expanded on the consent decree and how exactly they planned to reform CPD, and how this compares to past efforts. The whole documentation of gun pulls seems counterproductive to me, and not focused on the core of the issue. I would have been interested in seeing what else they planned to do to reform the CPD.

enlight€ned ,

Well done

However, why would you name an episode with the verdict results? I was bummed to see it in advance.
Off to start “74 seconds” !!!

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