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Lawmakers, community activists seek special prosecutor for Laquan McDonald shooting case

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CHICAGO — A coalition of lawmakers and community activists have petitioned a judge to take the first step in appointing a special prosecutor in the Laquan McDonald shooting case.

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with killing McDonald during a police call on a West Side street in 2014.

A dashcam video of the shooting was released more than a year later, prompting protests and calls for the resignations of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

The petition asks a judge to launch an official inquiry into whether there’s a conflict of interest in Alvarez prosecuting Van Dyke.

They say Alvarez should remove herself from the case because of her close ties to the police union.

Critics also say she took too long to charge Van Dyke.

Alvarez says she was waiting for federal authorities to complete their investigation of the shooting.