City forced to release Laquan McDonald shooting video footage

After Chicago Police stonewalled public records requests from independent journalist Brandon Smith, Loevy + Loevy represented him in a 2016 FOIA lawsuit that forced the City of Chicago to release video footage exposing the heinous murder of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

The release of the video led to the firing of the heads of the Chicago Police Department and Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), the replacement of IPRA with a new oversight agency, a federal pattern and practice investigation finding that CPD routinely violated the Constitutional rights of the people (especially people of color) it policed, a federal consent decree overseeing reforming of CPD, and a murder conviction.

Read more about the FOIA lawsuit and the fallout from the killing of Laquan McDonald

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