Federal authorities to investigate 2014 fatal police shooting of teen

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CHICAGO -- Last October: 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed on Chicago’s southwest side. Police said it was self-defense but his family disagreed.

Police were responding to a report of a man with a knife behaving erratically. The first officers on the scene called for backup and a tazer as they followed the teen.

But what started with a measured response, police trying to contain an aggressive suspect, ended with Laquan dead. According to the autopsy report, he was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the only one of a half-dozen on-scene who opened fire at all.

The officer who fired those 16 shots was immediately stripped of his police powers. He has not been named.

Today, a city council committee endorsed a $5million dollar settlement. That settlement is expected to be approved by the full council on Wednesday.

Federal authorities also confirmed Monday night that they are leading a criminal investigation of the Chicago police officer who shot the teen 16 times.

The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement:

"The joint investigation is being led by the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in coordination with the Independent Police Review Authority, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office."

The city law department did not comment to WGN News but a city lawyer tolda finance committee members today the officer opened fire fearing for his life and that there is video of the shooting. That source also said the McDonald family was originally seeking not $5 million but $16 million dollars.

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