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Chicago releases watchdog probe of Laquan McDonald shooting

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, attends his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. Chicago's law department released the city's watchdog agency's investigation of the 2014 fatal shooting McDonald by Van Dyke Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, the first time the agency's reports have ever been made public. The release comes weeks after the City Council passed an ordinance that gives the law department the power to release the findings of the city's Inspector General's office in cases that involve police officers and other city employees in which somebody died or where there may have been a felony committed and "is of compelling public interest."

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's law department has publicly released the city watchdog's investigative reports related to the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.

The City Council passed an ordinance weeks ago that empowers the law department to release the Inspector General's office findings in certain circumstances, including cases involving police officers and other city employees in which somebody died.

The reports into the police officers who were present when McDonald was shot 16 times were released Wednesday.

Proponents of the ordinance championed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot say it is an important step to restore public confidence in city government. Critics say it unfairly tarnishes the reputations of police officers and others.

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Jason Van Dyke was sentenced in January to nearly seven years in McDonald's killing.

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