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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 wa...Show More
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Ep 1: The Night Of

36:01 | Aug 29th, 2018

The police shooting of Laquan McDonald forces Chicago to prepare for potential riots. We piece together details from McDonald’s too-short life and hear from Officer Jason Van Dyke in his first interview since the shooting.
Ep 30: 81 Months

18:27 | Jan 19th

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.
Ep 29: Not Guilty

17:23 | Jan 18th

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 ...Show More
Ep 28: Consensus or Conspiracy?

20:48 | Dec 7th, 2018

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.
Ep 27: Cover-up Trial Begins

15:56 | Nov 28th, 2018

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 dec...Show More
Ep 26: Bad Paper

13:30 | Nov 21st, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 25: Benedictions

23:46 | Oct 11th, 2018

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 bac...Show More
Ep 24: Inside The Jury Room

14:28 | Oct 6th, 2018

The jurors talk to reporters about why they convicted Van Dyke. Activists express thanks for the guilty verdict and Van Dyke’s attorney Dan Herbert says cops are now going to stay in their cars.
Ep 23: Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder

17:55 | Oct 5th, 2018

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second-degree murder and on all 16 counts of aggravated battery.
Ep 22: Closing Arguments

25:28 | Oct 4th, 2018

Lawyers gave their closing arguments Thursday in the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.
Ep 21: The Defense Rests

28:10 | Oct 3rd, 2018

We examine the defense’s case and hear about what Chicago police officers are saying about the trial.
Ep 20: Van Dyke Testifies

12:01 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke took the stand in his own defense in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.
Ep 19: Will He Testify?

19:43 | Sep 28th, 2018

After four days of defense witnesses, one key person has not testified: Officer Jason Van Dyke. We explore the potential costs and benefits of Van Dyke testifying and we look at a previous police shooting in which he gave testimony under oath.
Ep 18: The Effects Of PCP

14:16 | Sep 27th, 2018

Lawyers for Officer Jason Van Dyke called witnesses Thursday to testify about PCP, police training, and McDonald’s behavior hours before the shooting.
Ep 17: The Initial Call

11:23 | Sep 26th, 2018

A truck driver who called 911 took the witness stand and described fighting off a knife-wielding man moments before Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald.
Ep 16: From Van Dyke's Perspective

10:27 | Sep 25th, 2018

The defense presented a computer-generated video that showed the shooting of Laquan McDonald from the perspective of Officer Jason Van Dyke.
Ep 15: The Defense Begins

10:40 | Sep 24th, 2018

Lawyers for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke called their first witnesses on Monday. One big question remains: Will Van Dyke take the stand?
Ep 14: Analyzing The Prosecution

18:44 | Sep 21st, 2018

Our panel of experts reviews the prosecution's case and answers questions about the trial.
Ep 13: The Prosecution Rests

11:05 | Sep 20th, 2018

An expert on police use of deadly force testified that Jason Van Dyke didn’t need to shoot Laquan McDonald.
Ep 12: The Autopsy Explained

17:20 | Sep 19th, 2018

The third day of testimony in the murder trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke focused on Laquan McDonald’s autopsy. We also explore the demeanor of Judge Vincent Gaughan.
Ep 11: Van Dyke’s Police Partner Testifies

10:42 | Sep 18th, 2018

The prosecution continued to call witnesses Tuesday, including Jason Van Dyke’s partner the night of the shooting. We bring you more details from the second day of testimony.
Ep 10: Opening Statements

16:43 | Sep 17th, 2018

In opening statements, prosecutors said Officer Jason Van Dyke didn’t need to shoot and the defense said Laquan McDonald was out of control. We bring you more from the first day of testimony.
Ep 9: A Jury Of His Peers

17:48 | Sep 14th, 2018

The 12 jurors and 5 alternates have been picked to decide Jason Van Dyke’s fate. With only one black juror, the racial makeup is controversial. We explore how the jurors were picked -- and what we know about them.
Ep 8: Building A Jury

15:29 | Sep 10th, 2018

Judge Vincent Gaughan began to interview potential jurors on Monday. The first five were selected. We discuss what the prosecution and defense are looking for. NOTE: A previous version of this episode contained an error. It was about the defense argu...Show More
Ep 7: Bail & Reform

10:02 | Sep 6th, 2018

CPD Officer Jason Van Dyke was briefly taken into custody Thursday because of what he said to the media. Meanwhile, the city of Chicago reached an agreement on sweeping reforms in the police department that will be enforced by a federal court judge. 
Ep 6: Jury Selection Begins

11:47 | Sep 5th, 2018

Jason Van Dyke’s trial started Wednesday. We take you inside the courtroom for the start of jury selection and outside where protesters gathered in force.
Ep 5: The Trial

34:27 | Sep 5th, 2018

The trial of Jason Van Dyke begins today. We profile the lawyers and the judge. Two Chicago legal veterans tell us the moves they expect each side to make. And we ask what this trial means for Chicago.
Ep 4: Chicago’s Mayor Says He Won’t Run Again

13:12 | Sep 4th, 2018

A day before the trial of Jason Van Dyke, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise announcement - he won’t seek a third term in office. The mayor has faced intense scrutiny for how he handled the shooting of Laquan McDonald. We discuss the announce...Show More
Ep 3: The Fallout

44:31 | Aug 31st, 2018

Protesters take to the streets of Chicago after officials release the a video of Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting Laquan McDonald. Critics attack the mayor and police department. A federal investigation finds a pattern of abuse by Chicago offi...Show More
Ep 2: Pattern & Practice

36:04 | Aug 30th, 2018

The fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald aggravated longstanding tensions between Chicago police and the city’s black residents. We look at how a troubled police department spun a narrative of the shooting, how that narrative fell apart, and how ...Show More
Preview - 16 Shots: The Police Shooting of Laquan McDonald

03:10 | Aug 24th, 2018

Almost four years ago, Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, was fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago Police officer. Police reported McDonald was attacking officers. A video from the scene told a different story. Trust in Chicago police and ...Show More