Chicago Pays $5 Million to Family of Black Teenager Killed by Officer
The City Council here agreed on Wednesday to pay $5 million to the family of a black teenager who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer last fall, as federal and state prosecutors acknowledged that they were conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting.
The council’s decision came swiftly and with no debate, even before a suit had been filed in the case by the family of Laquan McDonald, 17, who the police say was wielding a three-inch knife when an officer shot him 16 times on Oct. 20 on the city’s Southwest Side. The authorities say a dashboard camera on a police squad car captured the confrontation, though the recording has not been made public.
Chicago’s settlement in the case came amid increased scrutiny of police shootings around the nation, as well as a flurry of new attention to police conduct in this city, recent and past.