Former Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, already charged with murder, has been indicted on 16 counts of aggravated battery in the controversial 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald. A law professor says prosecutors may be concerned that murder will be difficult to prove.
Operator failed to tell officer who shot Rice, 12, to death, that he probably was a juvenile and that his gun was “probably fake.” Attorney for Rice’s mother called “pathetic” the penalty for “gross negligence.”
The six-officer Critical Incident Response Team will automatically investigate when a state trooper shoots somebody and will be available to other police agencies. State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders said the unit isn’t tasked with determining whether a shooting was justifiable. “Our objective is just to gather the facts,” he said.
A study of the 990 incidents in 2015 in which deadly force was used by police and resulted in death has found that African Americans were more than twice as likely to have been unarmed during the encounter.
A 2015 law requires law enforcement agencies to report their shootings of civilians to the state. There there is no penalty for not reporting, but the law’s sponsor wants to change that. Some 106 agencies did report 105 fatal shootings.
Protests over killings by police officers continued in 2016 after a year of demonstrations nationwide that followed the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Americans’ respect for police jumped in a Gallup survey after officers were killed in Dallas and Baton Rouge.