Grand jury to look into possible cover-up by Chicago police in Laquan McDonald case

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CHICAGO –A grand jury will consider if Chicago police lied in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager by an officer.

Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said Monday that the grand jury is the fairest way to handle the case instead of making charging decisions on her own. She was appointed in July to investigate whether there was a possible Chicago police cover-up in the October 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Holmes is a former Cook County judge.

Cook County Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. said he would convene the special grand jury to hear evidence.

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with murder in McDonald’s¬†death. He is accused of shooting the teen 16 times. Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty.