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1/ Chicago, the nation’s third-biggest city and a frequent political target of President Donald Trump, is facing a history-making municipal #electionday today.

We asked our colleagues at @ProPublicaIL to explain why it’s especially significant:
2/ The city will elect its first black woman as mayor — either Lori Lightfoot or Toni Preckwinkle.…
3/ Two-term Chicago Mayor @RahmEmanuel — former chief of staff to @BarackObama — is leaving office after facing widespread criticism for his handling of the fatal police shooting of #LaquanMcDonald.
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I am still seething about the sentencing in the #LaquanMcDonald killing, so I cannot imagine how the family feels, but they have my deepest empathy.

The prosecutors sought 20 years for #JasonVanDyke.
He could have gotten life.

It's simply not enough.
Additionally, #JasonVanDyke had been cited in TWENTY previous incidents, two of which ended in lawsuits.…
#LaquanMcDonald would be turning 21, now.
Every year his family will be memorializing his death, rather than celebrating his life.

#JasonVanDyke is responsible for that.
Shouldn't Van Dyke have at least been sentenced to a year for each of McDonald's 17yrs?
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Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson just acquitted the officers who tried to cover up the #LaquanMcDonald shooting. Data shows she has a history of making racist decisions as a judge. A thread.
Usually data isn’t available showing how individual judges make decisions. But Cook County has extensive data including 1,640 defendants who Judge Domenica Stephenson has sentenced. The data shows she incarcerates black people at higher rates than whites for the same offenses.
Here’s the overall disparity in her sentencing to incarceration rates by race. She sentenced half of white defendants to incarceration but *two-thirds* of black defendants (the rest generally were sentenced to probation). But let’s dive deeper...
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Trial begins today for three current/former Chicago cops accused of covering up what really happened the night #LaquanMcDonald was shot. This has kind of flown under the radar compared to Van Dyke’s trial but it is worth your attention.…
Van Dyke was charged in a single shooting that lasted seconds. These three are accused of a conspiracy that lasted for months. Prosecutors have framed this as putting the police “code of silence” on trial.
A few things to look out for over the next week:
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.@TuckerCarlson I'm not in Antifa. No reasonable person thinks I peddle hate. But you told your audience those things. & then I received a barrage of threats & hate. & I had to take major steps to protect my family. So I can imagine how you feel right now.
And if anyone wants to learn about Antifa here is an interview I did with historian Mark Bray on my old podcast w/ @harikondabolu, #PoliticallyReactive.

on @iTunes…

on not iTunes…
Lot of people on both sides are rushing to Tucker Carlson's defense like there are prizes involved. How about you have the same energy when he targets people, especially when those people don't have the privilege or the budgets to defend themselves.
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The Jason Van Dyke trial resumes this morning (for real this time). IF Van Dyke testifies it'll likely be today. Follow along with @agrimm34 and me, and check out live updates from @SeidelContent on our blog. You can also watch a livestream of proceedings.…
Today's first defense witness: Dr. Laurence Miller, a psychologist who's expected to tell the jury what he believes went through Jason Van Dyke's mind before he shot #LaquanMcDonald.
Dr. Miller, a psychologist who evaluated Jason Van Dyke, says humans have a natural reaction to get away from danger. On the other hand, he says, "First responders ... they have to run into the danger." #LaquanMcDonald
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Today would have marked the 21st birthday of #LaquanMcDonald.

Follow our live updates as more witness testimony is expected this morning in the defense of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago cop on trial for murder in the then-teenager's death.
WATCH LIVE: Witness testimony continues in the defense of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is on trial for murder in the 2014 shooting death of #LaquanMcDonald.
Jason Van Dyke defense attorneys start the day with another witness that testifies about an incident involving #LaquanMcDonald. The defense hopes this testimony will paint McDonald as an aggressive teenager.

Live updates from the courthouse:
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Prosecutors are finished. Now it's the defense's turn. Attorneys for #JasonVanDyke will begin presenting their case this morning. Follow along here or check in for full trial coverage @wttw:…
@wttw Van Dyke's trial is expected to resume shortly. Inside the courtroom, #LaquanMcDonald's mother, Tina Hunter, just took a seat
@wttw Defense's first witness: Dr. Shaku Teas, a forensic pathologist who previously worked for Cook County
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1/ Chicago is 32 percent African-American but only one of the jurors in the trial of the police officer who killed #LaquanMcDonald is African-American. How many African-American jurors did the defense strike?
2/ It is unconstitutional for prosecutors or the defense to strike jurors on account of their race, but it’s a difficult allegation to prove, especially against the defense.

If the jury is hung, the public will question the racial composition of this jury.
3/ It would be helpful for journalists to explain how this jury was selected and why the “Batson” (racial discrimination in jury selection) challenges were made and rejected. /end
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1/ A little delayed because I’m starting a fellowship in NYC this week, but I wanted to share more about how @caylaclements_ & I reported our story about how Chicago's alternative HSs have disproportionately high numbers of student deaths…
@caylaclements_ 2/ This story began with a FOIA request for student transfer data for another story. When I got the data back, I realized there was a special code for students that CPS had been notified were deceased.
@caylaclements_ 3/ Right away it was clear there were a lot of alternative HSs on the list. Over 4 school yrs, 108 alternative HS students died, out of a total of 425 students district-wide. That means a tiny fraction of the district's enrollment made up a quarter of all student deaths.
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“If you have burglaries that are not solved, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries”

Police chief told cops to frame random black people to boost stats…
“You’re not supposed to be here. This is a good neighborhood"

White woman calls cops on black man for listening to yoga CD in his car
University of Louisville announced that the school's football stadium will no longer carry the Papa John's name after founder John Schnatter admitted to using the n-word during a conference call…
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