CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Chicago fatal police shootings and other developments with the department (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

The lawyer for a Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black teenager says he has asked the court to allow the officer not to attend hearings.

Attorney Dan Herbert said after a hearing Wednesday that Officer Jason Van Dyke has received threats of violence and death when he comes to court.

Van Dyke is charged with murder in the October 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. He shot the teen 16 times.

At the hearing, the judge set a May 5 deadline for prosecutors to respond to a request by civil rights attorneys and others to assign the case to a special prosecutor. Herbert says he would be fine with either a special prosecutor or Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office handling the case.

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11:20 a.m.

The head of an agency that investigates complaints against the Chicago Police Department is planning to outline changes she is making to how it operates.

Sharon Fairley is scheduled to discuss the changes to the Independent Police Review Authority later Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed the former federal prosecutor to head the agency late last year amid outrage over the release of video showing a police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

The city fought to keep from having to release the video of the October 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald. The officer who shot him was charged with murder in November only hours before the court-ordered release of the video.

IPRA was created to investigate complaints against police, but it has rarely ruled against officers. Many critics say it often acted to protect officers rather than hold them accountable.

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10 a.m.

A judge has given prosecutors until May 5 to respond to a petition requesting that a special prosecutor take over in the case of a Chicago police officer charged in the shooting death of a black teenager.

Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan made the ruling Wednesday at a hearing for Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. He shot McDonald 16 times.

Civil rights attorneys and others have requested that the case be given to outside prosecutor because of what they see as Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s close ties to the police union. They say they don’t trust her to aggressively investigate and prosecute Van Dyke.

Police fought the release of video of the shooting.

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6:30 a.m.

The Chicago Police officer charged with murder in the videotaped shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald is returning to court.

Jason Van Dyke is expected to attend Wednesday morning’s hearing in Chicago. Attorneys could discuss petitions asking that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office be forced to turn the case over to a special prosecutor.

Alvarez was criticized for waiting more than a year until November when the video was released to the public to charge Van Dyke. Critics contend she can’t effectively prosecute the officer because of her ties to Chicago’s police union.

That delay became the central issue in her bid for re-election and is widely considered the key reason why she was defeated this month by Kim Foxx in the Democratic primary.

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13 thoughts on “Chicago Officer That Killed Laquan McDonald Asked Not to Appear at Hearings

  1. yaeger on said:

    this officer deserves no special treatment, therefore he should attend all hearings as required by any other inmate.

  2. His Beautiful on said:

    Racism of any kind is not okay at all. I can definitely understand the frustration of some of the black people on here. When you have been abused, targeted, sought out and murdered by the very people that are hired to serve and protect you, then maybe I could understand where you are coming from a little better. The reality is my people are mad and they have every right to be! People like Peter Johson come on websites like this one to spread hate and ignorance. That’s his sole purpose for logging on. Its very easy to hide behind a computer screen and feel tough and justified in hating us simply because we’re black.

  3. Trolls that come on this website are evil, insensitive, full of hatred, racists. Then whites wonder why “the chickens have come home to roost; aka: ISIS;” against America, and their evil westernized views.

  4. Laquandetyrone on said:

    Black people are nothing but baggage, PERIOD!!!! I would never hire one ever again, I dont need that attitude infecting everyone else.

  5. Laquandetyrone on said:

    I plan on spending all kinds of time on this “black website”. I sure hope we can get a white only one soon. We need to segregate again, to think how nice it would be to be able to read the news without blacks plastered all over it crying that their poor feelings are hurt. Poor black people, would you feel safer and happier living across seas??? I would sure help some of you poor babies to pack.

  6. Linda on said:

    If this POS PIG Van Dyke had not SHOT/MURDERED LaQuan McDonald in COLD BLOOD-there would be nothing for him to FEAR and no DEATH THREATS MADE AGAINST HIM!!!!!!!

    If he had an f—ing CONSCIENCE-HE WOULD REALIZE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • You know that for a fact you racist black pig? All you see is a white cop so you already know what happened. Where you there dumb sheboon? Man when it comes to racists ni@#ers are the worst!

      • His Beautiful on said:

        What I cant figure out about you is why you’re even on this website??? I find your hateful comments everywhere on here. There should be special website that cater to ignorant racist like yourself.. No? Why don’t you go there? I its past time for you to be blocked from posting.

      • His Beautiful on said:

        Racism of any kind is not okay at all. I can definitely understand the frustration of some of the black people on here. When you have been abused, targeted, sought out and murdered by the very people that are hired to serve and protect you, then maybe I could understand where you are coming from a little better. The reality is my people are mad and they have every right to be! People like Peter Johson come on websites like this one to spread hate and ignorance. That’s his sole purpose for logging on. Its very easy to hide behind a computer screen and feel tough and justified in hating us simply because we’re black.

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