Chicago council approves $5M settlement in police shooting


Laquan McDonald

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has approved a $5 million settlement in the death of a teenager who was shot by a police officer 16 times last October.

The council approved the amount for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s family without discussion or dissent during its Wednesday meeting.

McDonald was fatally shot as police said he wielded a knife. The settlement comes after federal authorities confirmed the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting. Aldermen voted without seeing police dashboard camera video, saying they didn’t need to view footage of the incident.

The family’s attorney has said a “fair and prompt resolution” was reached without the necessity of litigation.

Police say the unidentified officer who shot McDonald has been stripped of his police powers and put on paid desk duty.


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