Writer Tells How He Broke The Laquan McDonald Story

November 25, 2015
Protesters march during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago.

Protesters march during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago. Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times last year, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing.

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Thousands of protesters have hit the streets of the city since a dash-cam video of the shooting was released Tuesday, when Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. Chicago writer Jamie Kalven broke the story for Slate.

Kalven is part of the Invisible Institute project in Chicago and describes himself as a human rights activist.

Once the city settled a $5 million suit with McDonald’s family, major Chicago media outlets picked up the story.

The institute describes itself as a journalistic production company that works to enhance the capacity of civil society to hold public institutions accountable.

Story source: Illinois Public Radio