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Illinois State's Attorney Requests Special Prosecutor in Laquan McDonald Shooting

May 06, 2016  | 

Still from dash cam video of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Photo: Chicago PD)
Still from dash cam video of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Photo: Chicago PD)

In a surprise change of heart, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez dropped her opposition Thursday to a special prosecutor in the killing of Laquan McDonald and said her office would withdraw from the bombshell case.

Alvarez denied her office had a conflict of interest as critics had alleged in calling for a special prosecutor, but she said her recusal was "the best and most responsible decision" because of her resounding re-election loss in the Democratic primary in March, the Chicago Tribune reports.

With Alvarez set to leave office after the November general election, she said a special prosecutor would "provide continuity in the handling of this very important and complicated case."

In seeking a special prosecutor, a coalition of Alvarez critics, attorneys and community groups had accused the state's attorney of having a cozy relationship with the Chicago police union, creating a conflict of interest that should disqualify her from prosecuting Officer Jason Van Dyke in McDonald's killing.

The McDonald shooting took place in October 2014, but the officer wasn't charged until late November 2015, hours before a judge ordered the release of police dashboard-camera video that showed Van Dyke shooting the knife-wielding McDonald 16 times.

Comments (6)

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/6/2016 8:07 PM

Why was Officer Van Dyke charged in the first place??? Because the city knew that the video would get the blacks all riled up and they were hoping to Console them by sacrificing Officer Van Dyke. If this was 1880 they'd have turned him over to the black mobs and let him be lynched. Since its 2016 instead, they'll just toss him in prison. But its all being done to make the black folks happy.

me @ 5/6/2016 10:53 PM

Why are we using the C-word now? That's not appropriate(you piece of crap).

kevcopAz @ 5/7/2016 11:26 AM

Disagree, based upon what I see VanDyke needs to be prosecuted. Im from Chicago and he will get a fair trial with an independent and non political "special prosecutor". Ms Alvarez is a political hack and looks for votes even at the price of justice.

Terry @ 5/9/2016 1:25 PM

SES you're on the wrong side of this. Of what I know of that OIS and viewing the video, the question should be why did it take 14 months for an indictment! I've read numerous post you've made on this site of which quite a few are extremely inflammatory, as is this one. Not all blacks are anti-LE and not all black suspects deserve to be shot by police. As a 3rd generation black LE officer, I believe I have a bit better insight than you do!

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/9/2016 10:18 PM

Terry, I never stated that Officer Van Dyke was innocent. I am not certain about that. I hope the Jury will make the right decision there, whether he's indicted or not. I know that many blacks are not anti-LE or deserve to be killed. I also personally know some black Officers and I have a deep respect for them as individuals. When I said the "black mobs" I was referring to the black thugs matter hate group. I'm sorry if that was misinterpreted. I do believe that Officer Van Dyke, whether right or wrong, was charged in order to keep blm and other radicals off their backs.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/10/2016 2:10 PM

"Right now we basically know nothing about this. ....... My previous comment was premature. I don't know what happened so I'm withholding judgement until the facts come out."

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