- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the matter has told The Associated Press that the U.S. Justice Department is expected to launch a wide-ranging investigation this week into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department.

The person was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly before it was announced and spoke Sunday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The announcement comes amid protests over a video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times and criticism of how the department and other officials handled the teen’s killing.

Here’s a look at key moments in the case.



OCT. 20: Officer Jason Van Dyke responds to a call about a teenager breaking into cars and stealing radios. He shoots 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, whom authorities say is armed with a knife, 16 times, killing him.



FEB. 27: Lawyers for McDonald’s family approach City Hall about a possible settlement without filing a lawsuit, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. This was three days after the mayor failed to win a majority of votes in his re-election bid, forcing him into the city’s first mayoral runoff.

APRIL 7: Emanuel defeats Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to win a second term. The mayor made a special appeal to black voters during his campaign.

APRIL 8: Attorneys for the city and the McDonald family agree to settle for $5 million after previously meeting twice.

APRIL 15: The Chicago City Council votes to approve the $5 million settlement.

MAY 26: A freelance journalist files a Freedom of Information Act request for squad-car video of the shooting. After the city denies the request, citing an ongoing investigation, he files a lawsuit.

NOV. 19: A Cook County judge orders Chicago officials to release the video on or before Nov. 25.

NOV. 24: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announces she is charging Van Dyke with first-degree murder. Hours later, Chicago police release the video, sparking several days of protests.

NOV. 29: The University of Chicago announces it is canceling all classes and activities on Nov. 30 because of a threat mentioning the quad and Monday morning.

NOV. 30: Chicago resident Jabari R. Dean is charged in a federal complaint with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. Prosecutors say the 21-year-old black man threatened on a social media website to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago, and was motivated by McDonald’s death.

DEC. 1: Emanuel fires Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and names a five-member task force to make recommendations on improving police accountability. Chief of Detectives John Escalante is named interim chief.

DEC. 4: The city releases hundreds of pages of internal police documents, including reports from officers on the scene who stated that McDonald aggressively approached Van Dyke, in contrast to what can be seen on the dashcam video.

DEC. 6: A person familiar with the matter tells the AP the Justice Department is expected to launch a wide-ranging investigation into the Chicago Police Department.


AP writer Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.

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