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WBBM Newsradio/Michele Fiore

Laquan McDonald Supporters Ramp Up Protests Ahead of Van Dyke Trial

September 15, 2018 - 3:21 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With the trial set to begin this week in the shooting death of African-American teen Laquan McDonald, supporters have ramped-up the protests around the city.

Dozens gathered at the corner of Michigan and Congress on this busy sunny Saturday. They want to attract attention to the high profile case, especially after the jury's been seated with just one African American on it.  Protesters say that's an insult to the entire city.

Holding signs like "Convict Van Dyke," "the whole system is guilty," protestors say they'll continue to show up outside the courthouse every day. The trial is expected to last three weeks. 

Van Dyke is a white Chicago police officer who had 13 years on the department. He's accused of shooting McDonald 16 times.