Chicago aldermen hold hearing on police shooting of teen

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago aldermen are holding a hearing on the police-involved fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald with an agenda that features a resolution calling for a special prosecutor.

The Chicago Tribune reports ( ) Tuesday’s meeting is for the human relations and public safety committees. It was called amid fallout from the shooting of the black teenager by white police officer Jason Van Dyke. Squad car footage of the 2014 shooting was released last month.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez charged Van Dyke with murder, but her office is under scrutiny for the timing. The charges were announced hours before the video’s release and over a year after the shooting.

Alvarez says it was a complex investigation.

Aldermen don’t have the power to implement a special prosecutor, making their call symbolic. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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