Screen capture from police video footage of the killing of Laquan McDonald by Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke
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A Crusader Investigation: They Knew but Said Nothing

CHICAGO CRUSADER — A Black teenager was dead and a Chicago police officer was being held responsible for shooting him 16 times. There was a video to prove it and also an FBI and state criminal investigation to find out why Officer Jason Van Dyke needed to shoot Laquan McDonald so many times on October 20, 2014. On April 13, 2015, six Black aldermen were among 18 aldermen given these facts at a City Hall meeting. Corporation Counsel Steve Patton wanted to quickly get approval of a $5 million settlement before the mother of a dead son took her story public with a wrongful death lawsuit. […read more]

Jason Van Dyke convicted of second-degree murder and all 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of police misconduct. (Photo by Nancy Stone/Pool/Chicago Tribune)
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GUILTY!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday, October 5, by a jury at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, ending decades of frustration in Chicago’s Black community and marking a significant turning point involving police misconduct in the police department’s notorious history. […read more]

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Convicted on a lie

THE CHICAGO CRUSADER — Roosevelt Myles was convicted of first-degree murder after Morris testified in court that he killed Shaharian “Tony” Brandon during a robbery attempt in which Octavius Morris was present. Stuck in a revolving door of five public defenders, Myles didn’t have a chance to defend his freedom his attorneys say. […read more]