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Chicago Officers Cleared in Teen Shooting Cover-Up

In an unequivocal defense of how Chicago police handled Laquan McDonald’s murder, a judge acquitted three officers Thursday of charges they conspired to justify the shooting by falsifying reports and claiming the teen was the aggressor. Jason Van Dyke, the officer who shot McDonald, will be sentenced Friday.

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Houston Judges Agree on Major Bail Reform

A new slate of Democratic judges in Houston approved comprehensive revisions to Harris County’s bail system that could clear the way for thousands of people, regardless of income, to avoid spending time in jail while awaiting trial on minor offenses.