Prosecutor in Lequan McDonald Cover-Up Case Seeks to Remove Pro-Police Judge

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A chalk body outline re-creates the crime scene where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by then-Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. (Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes, who indicted three Chicago police officers on charges that they covered up the circumstances of the Laquan McDonald shooting, moved to remove the judge in the case on the grounds that she is “prejudiced” against the prosecution.

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Black Lives Matter Chicago Files Lawsuit Seeking Federal Oversight of Police Department

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CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 25: Demonstrators confront police during a protest over the death of Laquan McDonald on November 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Lawyers for Black Lives Matter Chicago and other community groups filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday, accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of trying to cut “a back-room deal” with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and demanding federal oversight of the city’s police department.

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Chicago Police Department Proposes New Use of Force Policy

Under the proposed new policy, deadly force could only be used to prevent immediate threat of death or great bodily harm; officers are asked to de-escalate situations and not use force unless “all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted.”Police would be required to offer medical aid to those injured in use-of-force incidents, and officers would be required to intervene if they see another officer violating department policy.The policy includes the need for independent justification every time a tool such as a stun gun or baton is used in force.

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