LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Chicago Officer Who Shot Teen 16 Times Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with murder last month in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, arrives at the Cook County Criminal Court for a status hearing on Dec. 18.

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder and misconduct in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014.

Van Dyke, who is white, entered the plea in court a month after the charges against him were announced in the killing of McDonald, who was black. The officer shot McDonald 16 times shortly after arriving at the scene on a street where other police officers had been following McDonald "as he walked the streets carrying a knife and refusing to follow orders," as member station WBEZ has reported.

Van Dyke could face a prison sentence of 20 years to life if convicted.

On the same day the charges against Van Dyke were announced, the city complied with a court order to release dashcam video of Van Dyke shooting McDonald, setting off anger and protests in Chicago.

Since then, the Justice Department has launched an investigation into the police force's practices, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has appointed a "police accountability task force."

Chicago's police force has come under new scrutiny in recent days, after two people — a 19-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman — were shot and killed by police responding to a domestic disturbance call early Saturday.

As NPR's Cheryl Corley reported Monday, that case arose during protests and calls for Emanuel to resign.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)