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Shannon Heffernan
Criminal Justice reporter for in Chicago. Covered mental health, poverty. Writes short fiction.
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Shannon Heffernan 6h
This was so much fun to do with you guys! You can hear more background on the trial and updates as it unfolds on the 16 Shots podcast: (w/ & more)
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Shannon Heffernan 6h
Replying to @derekeder @WBEZ and 3 others
Thanks! And if you want more background on the trial, and updates as it unfolds, you should listen to the 16 shots podcast we do (with reporting from , hosting from and some great producers and editors)
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Megan Crepeau 15h
No court today in the Officer Jason Van Dyke case - testimony resumes Monday. But attorneys are back in the building today for a closed-door meeting about which instructions should be given to the jury
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Shannon Heffernan 13h
appreciate your listening!
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
Defense is pushing Torres on if he was close enough to see the shooting, and if his view was blocked. Torres insist he had a clear view of Laquan McDonald. Seems upset at defense when they keep pushing on him.
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
The Tribune previously reported that Torres contacted IPRA after hearing police claimed McDonald lunged at officers. "I couldn't live with myself," Torres said. "If something like that would happen to my kids, I would wish somebody would come forward and say something."
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
Torres says he shouted: Why the F*** are the shooting him while he is still on the ground.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
We are now hearing from Jose Torres, a citizen who witnessed the shooting from his car. He says he saw Laquan McDonald walking away from officers. He says he turned his head when officers shouted, but didn't turn body towards them. Says hands were at his side. Then he heard shots
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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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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
Herbert asks officer if avoiding eye contact can be a sign a person is a threat. Also asks if staring can be the sign they may attack. Expert agrees that it's possible. Herbert brought up McDonald's lack of eye contact and then staring at officers in his opening statements.
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Stacy St. Clair Sep 20
An individual on the ground with a gun could still pose a risk, Patrick says. An individual on the ground with a knife "not so much," he said.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
In response to questions from defense, Patrick testifies that a knife can be a deadly weapon and can penetrate a bullet proof vest.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
But, remember, he doesn't think the shooting was justified to begin with.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
Patrick testifies it can take an officer time to be able to tell when a threat has ended, so there is often a lag between when threat is gone and the officer stops shooting.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
At point in video where the shooting appears to begin this ex-FBI agent/use-of-force expert testifies the use of force does not appear to be justified.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
This expert is now narrating as the prosecutor stops and starts the video. He testifies that Laquan McDonald is walking away from officers, and you can tell that from looking at where his feet are on the street. He also appears to be out of arms reach of anyone.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
Use of force expert testifies that he does not believe the threat posed by Laquan McDonald rose to the level of using deadly force.
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Shannon Heffernan Sep 20
Replying to @shannon_h
We are now hearing from Urey Patrick, a use of force expert who has trained police and FBI agents in using deadly force.
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Stacy St. Clair Sep 20
Jason Van Dyke attorney Dan Herbert back to the idea that not every bullet hit Laquan McDonald. FBI expert says there is no way to tell where the bullets hit. Medical examiner says 16 shots and testified to 16 entrance wounds yesterday.
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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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