Nearly 2 dozen Chicago officers called before grand jury

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CHICAGO — Nearly two dozen Chicago Police Department employees have been called to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the 2014 death of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer.

Among them are four officers whose initial accounts of the confrontation conflict with squad car video showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald walking away from officers, rather than turning threateningly toward them.

That’s according to court notification logs released to the Chicago Tribune Friday in response to a public records request.

The grand jury investigation is one of several related to the case. State prosecutors have charged the officer who opened fire, Jason Van Dyke, with first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty.

The U.S. Department of Justice is also conducting a civil rights investigation of the police department.

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