As Van Dyke trial approaches, Pulaski Road remembers Laquan McDonald

On October 20, 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke while walking down the 4100 block of South Pulaski Road in the Archer Heights neighborhood. But four years after the shooting on Pulaski Road, many shoppers, like Margie Ramotowski, do not recognize the name Laquan McDonald. If they did know about the case, most were unaware that it happened on the same block they were standing.

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Police-reform advocates, Chicago residents say police should document gun-pointing incidents

The Chicago family of Gilbert, Hester, Peter and Jack Mendez have filed a legal complaint in federal court, alleging that Chicago police pointed guns at the children and their parents in a raid of the wrong apartment in November 2017, causing the children severe emotional and psychological trauma. The lawsuit comes as consent decree negotiations to reform the Chicago Police Department are reaching their final stages.

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Massive Chicago gang database under fire: Database is racially skewed, data shows; and violates spirit of sanctuary city, advocates say

Chicago’s notorious police gang database has been highly criticized by advocacy groups who claim that the list doesn’t honor Chicago’s “sanctuary city” status and is demographically skewed.

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