Jason Van Dyke trial, Laquan McDonald shooting timeline

Jason Van Dyke trial, Laquan McDonald shooting timeline
The shooting death of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke is a story with ripple effects beyond the court case that follows.

A 17-year-old who authorities say was wielding a knife was shot by a police officer 16 times. The shooting death of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke is a story with ripple effects beyond the court case that follows. Read on for a timeline of events.

October 20, 2014

Officer fatally shot 17-year-old boy armed with knife in Archer Heights, police say

April 13, 2015

Federal and county prosecutors confirm they are investigating the October fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer of teenager Laquan McDonald.

April 15, 2015

The Chicago City Council approves a $5 million settlement with Laquan McDonald's family.

November 18, 2015

Judge begins considering release of Laquan McDonald shooting video: The settlement with the city included an agreement that the video not be released. Freelance journalist Brandon Smith filed a lawsuit to have that video released.

November 19, 2015

Laquan McDonald police shooting video ordered to be released: A Cook County judge ruled the Chicago Police Department must release the graphic dashboard video; Anita Alvarez critics question handling of police shooting

November 20, 2015

Alvarez announces she won't block release of graphic police shooting video

November 21, 2015

Community leaders calling for calm ahead of Laquan McDonald video release

November 23, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with community leaders ahead of the expected release of a dashcam video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014

November 24, 2015

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke charged with 1st degree murder in Laquan McDonald shootingCPD dash cam video shows police shooting Laquan McDonald

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Click here to watch the full, 6-minute, unedited video as released by the Chicago Police Department.

VIDEO: Anita Alvarez describes dash cam video

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November 25, 2015

Protests, criticism continue day after Laquan McDonald video release

Journalist, activist who led effort to release Laquan McDonald video speak out: If not for the efforts of activist William Calloway and journalist Brandon Smith, video of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke 16 firing fatal shots at Laquan McDonald might still be in the hands of investigators and attorneys, not the public.

New video shows officer's pursuit of Laquan McDonald before shooting

November 26, 2015

Laquan McDonald protesters announce plans to shut down Michigan Avenue shopping district on Black Friday

November 27, 2015

Laquan McDonald protesters march on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday

November 28, 2015

Laquan McDonald protests return to Michigan Avenue

November 29, 2015

Protest organizers vow 16 days of demonstrations for number of times teen was shot by officer

November 30, 2015

Jason Van Dyke posts bond, leaves jail

Brandon Smith talks to Windy City LIVE about Laquan McDonald video release

Chicago politicians join calls for Anita Alvarez's resignation

December 1, 2015

Photos show police at Burger King after Laquan McDonald shooting

CPD Fallout:
Garry McCarthy resigns as Chicago police superintendent: Community leaders, demonstrators react to McCarthy resignation
Mayor Emanuel creates police accountability task force
Madigan calls for U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Chicago Police Department

December 2, 2015

Former Chicago cops join calls for investigation into CPD, IPRA

December 3, 2015

Anita Alvarez comes out swinging as protesters call for her resignation

Spike Lee says Rahm Emanuel should resign amid controversy surrounding the video release of the fatal police shooting

December 4, 2015

New video of Laquan McDonald police shooting released as protesters circle City Hall 16 times

Police reports in Laquan McDonald case appear to contradict dashcam video

December 5, 2015

Protests continue after police reports appear to contradict Laquan McDonald video

December 8, 2015

IPRA asks IG to investigate other officers in Laquan McDonald case

December 9, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologizes for Laquan McDonald shooting

December 11, 2015

Laquan McDonald family calls for Anita Alvarez to resign

December 15, 2015

Protesters interrupt hearing on Laquan McDonald case at City Hall

December 16, 2015

Officer Jason Van Dyke indicted on 6 murder counts in Laquan McDonald shooting

DOJ begins civil rights probe into Chicago Police Department

December 17, 2015

Mayor meets with DOJ; retired cops want input in CPD reform

December 18, 2015

Protests downtown after Officer Van Dyke appears in court

December 19, 2015

CPD supporters rally after weeks of anti-police protests

December 24, 2015

Laquan McDonald police radio calls released

Protesters march on Mag Mile Christmas Eve: Protesters marched on Michigan Avenue calling for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign.

December 29, 2015

Jason Van Dyke pleads not guilty in Laquan McDonald murder

December 31, 2015

Laquan McDonald shooting emails released by city: City emails show efforts to soften reaction to Laquan McDonald video

January 5, 2016

WARNING: New dash-cam video from night of Laquan McDonald shooting

January 6, 2016

Chicago police officers disciplined over missing audio on dash-cam videos

January 11, 2016

NAACP criticizes practice of destroying police misconduct records

January 15, 2016

Nearly 2 dozen officers called to testify about McDonald shooting, documents say

January 22, 2016

Officers who witnessed Laquan McDonald shooting put on desk duty

March 23, 2016

Lawyer asks for officer charged in Laquan McDonald murder to be excused from hearings: Jason Van Dyke wanted to avoid the threats and abuse he faces every time he attends a court hearing.

March 30, 2016

Jason Van Dyke hired by police union as janitor: Police union's hiring of Jason Van Dyke as janitor sparks anger

April 12, 2016

Task force urges CPD to acknowledge racism in scathing report: Chicago Police Department plagued by racism, lack of accountability, task force says

May 5, 2016

Anita Alvarez asks for special prosecutor in Laquan McDonald murder case

May 13, 2016

Mayor Emanuel reveals plan to replace IPRA with civilian agency

June 2, 2016

Judge decides to appoint special prosecutor in Jason Van Dyke trial

June 3, 2016

IPRA releases videos of Chicago police-involved incidents: Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority released more than 300 video clips, along with audio recordings and police reports, from pending investigations of 101 police-involved incidents.

June 14, 2016

Emails show FBI warned CPD about threats to officers after release of Laquan McDonald video

July 29, 2016

Special prosecutor appointed to investigate other officers in Van Dyke case: It was announced that a special prosecutor would investigate the Chicago police officers whose accounts of Laquan McDonald's shooting by Officer Jason Van Dyke differ from what is seen on dashcam video.

August 4, 2016

Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon named special prosecutor in Laquan McDonald murder case

August 18, 2016

CPD supt. seeks to fire 7 officers in Laquan McDonald shooting, spokesman says

August 30, 2016

CPD moves to fire 5 officers, including Jason Van Dyke

September 29, 2016

Lawsuit: Police pressured Laquan McDonald shooting witness

October 5, 2016

City Council passes new police accountability board ordinance: The ordinance to form a new Civilian Office of Police Accountability passed by a 38-9 City Council vote.

November 2, 2016

Judge denies request for Laquan McDonald juvenile court records

November 8, 2016

Kim Foxx wins Cook County State's Attorney race

December 28, 2016

City announces all Chicago police officers to wear body cameras by end of 2017

January 10, 2017

A Cook County judge said he will turn over to lawyers Laquan McDonad's juvenile records except those pertaining to the teen's mother and sister.

January 13, 2017

US Department of Justice report says CPD engages in pattern of using excessive force

January 19, 2017

Four Chicago police officers who were at the scene of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald are suspended for failing to ensure the dashboard cameras in their squad cars were operating properly.

March 8, 2017

Journalist sues city of Chicago to make Laquan McDonald report public

March 23, 2017

Van Dyke faces 16 additional charges in Laquan McDonald case

May 17, 2017

CPD unveils new 'use of force' policy

June 12, 2017

CPD board rules officers involved in Laquan McDonald shooting can go back to work

June 27, 2017

3 current or ex-Chicago PD officers indicted in relation to Laquan McDonald shooting

June 28, 2017

Judge rules Jason Van Dyke statements admissible in trial, grants immunity to 2 officers

July 10, 2017

3 Chicago officers plead not guilty in Laquan McDonald case

July 18, 2017

Judge replaced in Laquan McDonald cover-up case

August 11, 2017

Judge rules conversations between Van Dyke, FOP reps admissible in trial

September 15, 2017

New Chicago police accountability agency COPA launches

December 13, 2017

Journalist not required to reveal sources in Laquan McDonald case, judge rules

March 8, 2018

Attorneys for Jason Van Dyke ask court for change of venue as protesters demand trial date

April 12, 2018

A Chicago police officer and two former officers choose a bench trial after pleading not guilty to conspiring to cover up what happened the night Van Dyke killed a McDonald by shooting him 16 times.

April 26, 2018

Judge orders release of documents in Laquan McDonald murder case

April 28, 2018

Judge orders release of more sealed documents in Jason Van Dyke police shooting case

May 10, 2018

Dozens more sealed documents released in Van Dyke murder trial

May 23, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court orders documents in Van Dyke case be made public

July 31, 2018

Judge denies request for new judge for Van Dyke in Laquan McDonald murder trial

August 14, 2018

Laquan McDonald's mother ordered to comply with subpoena or skip Van Dyke trial

August 16, 2018

Van Dyke pre-trial continues; Laquan McDonald's mother spoke with judge behind closed doors

August 29, 2018

Van Dyke breaks silence in interview with Chicago Tribune

August 30, 2018

Prosecutor files motion to revoke Jason Van Dyke's bail in Laquan McDonald murder trial

September 1, 2018

Judge delays 2 motions ahead of Van Dyke trial

September 4, 2018

Laquan McDonald's family calls for peace

September 5, 2018

Jury selection begins in Jason Van Dyke murder trial

September 6, 2018

Judge finds CPD Officer Van Dyke violated bail conditions; increases bail by $2,000

September 10, 2018

Jury selection in Jason Van Dyke case continues

September 13, 2018:

12 jurors selected

September 17, 2018:

Change of venue motion denied; Attorneys make opening statements

September 18, 2018

Jason Van Dyke partner on night of Laquan McDonald shooting takes stand

September 19, 2018:

Day 3 testimony focuses on autopsy, injuries

September 24, 2018:

Defense begins presenting case

September 25, 2018:

Laquan McDonald's juvenile probation officer testifies.

September 26, 2018:

Truck driver who called 911 on Laquan McDonald testifies

October 2, 2018:

Officer Jason Van Dyke testifies

October 3, 2018:

Defense rests case

October 4, 2018:

Closing arguments, jury begins deliberations

October 5, 2018:

Jury finds Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder, 16 counts of aggravated battery

October 8, 2018:

How the Laquan McDonald case changed Chicago

October 9, 2018:

Father-son duo who witnessed Laquan McDonald murder reflect on Van Dyke verdict

October 30, 2018:

3 Chicago police officers accused of cover-up in Laquan McDonald shooting in court for pre-trial hearing

October 31, 2018:

Jason Van Dyke appears in court for first time since conviction in Laquan McDonald shooting

November 27, 2018:

Trial begins for CPD officers accused of cover-up in Laquan McDonald shooting

November 28, 2018:

CPD Officer Dora Fontaine testifies against 3 cops accused of cover-up in Laquan McDonald shooting

December 4, 2018:

Judge denies motion to throw out case against 3 Chicago cops accused in Laquan McDonald shooting cover-up

December 6, 2018:

Closing arguments in trial of 3 Chicago police officers accused of cover-up in Laquan McDonald shooting

December 19, 2018:

Hearing for 3 CPD officers accused of cover-up in Laquan McDonald shooting moved to Jan. 15

January 10, 2019:

Toni Preckwinkle comes under fire for Laquan McDonald political ad

January 11, 2019:

Laquan McDonald family responds to Toni Preckwinkle political ad

January 14, 2019:

Jason Van Dyke's attorneys ask for probation ahead of Friday's sentencing hearing

January 18, 2019:

Jason Van Dyke sentenced to 6 years, 9 months in prison for Laquan McDonald murder