Toni Preckwinkle

Chicago mayoral candidates react to acquittal of officers in Laquan McDonald ‘code of silence’ trial

Chicago mayoral candidates react to acquittal of officers in Laquan McDonald ‘code of silence’ trial

As three Chicago police officers were being acquitted Thursday of accusations that they conspired to cover up the police murder of Laquan McDonald, the city’s former top cop who ran the force at the time was making his case to Chicago Tribune editorial writers on why he should be elected mayor.

That mayoral forum had been ongoing for more than an hour when alerts came across various cellphones in the room delivering the news that the three officers had been found not guilty in an unprecedented code of silence trial in connection with the McDonald shooting. Former Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting last year, and is scheduled to be...

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