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Dan Hinkel 5h
Though the official consequences have fallen largely on a few low-ranking cops, here's the evidence of broader and higher accountability in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. By and I
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Patrick Smith 23h
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Jason Meisner 21h
One man accused Sgt. Watts of pummeling him in an incinerator room. Another said Watts framed him because his brother didn't pay protection money. A third said Watts took his cash and bought fried chicken for his team--which they ate while typing up a bogus report for his arrest
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KatWhOo Sep 21
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Chip Mitchell Sep 20
"Looking at his grave," writes, "it was hard not to think about the fact that he was shot at 9:57 p.m. Oct. 20, 2014, and that another Chicago police officer arrived on the scene with a Taser at 9:58 p.m."
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Joel A. Brodsky Esq. Sep 20
Replying to @WBEZ @ChipMitchell1
That’s nothing.
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WBEZ Sep 20
In the latest episode of 16 Shots, gives us some insight into the temperament of Judge Vincent Gaughan. Hear some his sharpest rebukes of 's attorney:
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
JUST IN: Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran officially scheduled to plead guilty in his bribery case on Nov. 28.
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Patrick Smith Sep 20
Moment in courtroom: Jason Van Dyke helps his wife, Tiffany, put on her bulletproof vest before exiting. She was in tears after judge denied request for directed verdict.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
Asked about it by defense, Patrick testifies that the video he reviewed to conclude Van Dyke's use of force was unjustified is not from Van Dyke's perspective.
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Sharone Mitchell, Jr Sep 20
Daniel Herbert is having the worse moment of his . He's crossing the State expert that has opined that this is a bad shoot. On cross, you very rarely want to ask a question, you don't know the answer too. He's getting all types of bad answers here.
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Matt Masterson Sep 20
Replying to @RevJJackson
Defense attorney Dan Herbert asks if cops are trained to fire as many shots as they can as quickly as they can to stop a threat. “They’re not trained to just empty their gun," Patrick replies. "It’s not a knee-jerk reaction.”
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Nader Issa Sep 20
Replying to @NaderDIssa
Herbert brings up the "21-foot-rule" that says someone armed with a knife at that distance "will win every time," an opinion that the ex-FBI agent himself wrote in a book, it turns out. The ex-FBI again says that applies to officer with a holstered gun. Van Dyke had his drawn.
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Stacy St. Clair Sep 20
Patrick acknowledges Van Dyke may have felt he was in imminent danger, but he said the actual threat does not justify his decision to use deadly force.
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Patrick Smith Sep 20
Replying to @pksmid
During cross - Patrick says fact that Van Dyke reloaded after emptying clip does not impact his analysis at all. He and Herbert agree officers are trained to reload.
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Megan Crepeau Sep 20
Replying to @crepeau
Prosecution showed a "test" video of someone in similar conditions, shooting 16 rounds in 14 seconds, an attempt to show that Van Dyke shot deliberately and willfully - not wildly. Goes to establishing his intent.
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Chip Mitchell Sep 20
This expert adds that the visual evidence doesn't rule out the possibility that kept firing after those 14.2 seconds. For example, he says, this evidence may not show bullets that entered 's body without exiting.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
It's also worth mentioning that the police union is currently in contact negotiations and there are some pieces of the consent decree that they could work to prevent or slow down via those negotiations.
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Andy Grimm Sep 20
Once again, the contingent from the public here in the Jason Van Dyke trial is small. Sheriff's officials outside the courtroom are allowing members of the public into the courtroom if there are seats available (and there was lots of space yesterday and, so far, today)
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Angela Caputo Sep 19
Everyday I wake up looking for an update. I’m in love with this project.
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