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Bill Cameron: ‘The police presence is a big factor, along with weather, and I won’t want to promote rioting’

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by Bill Cameron, from Connected to Chicago, where they talk about the protesting that is going to be happening within Chicago over the Van Dyke trail. Trying to determine how bad this protesting could get with the weather and feelings towards this case.


Bill Cameron’s guest this week is, Lori Lightfoot. Listen to Bill Cameron on Connected to Chicago, Sunday nights at 7 pm.

Chris Southwood, Illinois FOP President: “(Van Dyke) was doing what he was trained to do that night”

Chris Southwood, President of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, recounts the recent events of the Jason Van Dyke trial with Big John & Ramblin’ Ray. Chris claims that Van Dyke was doing what he was trained to do when he encountered Laquan McDonald. Southwood also believes that the video created by the defense helps to prove the validity in Van Dyke’s decision to shoot.

Retired CPD Commander Ed O’Donnell talks Jason Van Dyke

As a former boss of Jason Van Dyke, retired Chicago Police Commander Ed O’Donnell shares his professional perspective of Van Dyke with Big John & Ramblin’ Ray.  O’Donnell also tells how he first met Van Dyke, what his impression was of Jason’s character, and what his advice to Van Dyke would be.

Chris Southwood, Illinois FOP President on Van Dyke: “If the decision to shoot in the first place is lawful, there’s no crime in this case”

President of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Chris Southwood offers his take on the Jason Van Dyke trial to Big John & Ramblin’ Ray. Southwood touches on the legality of the shooting, as well as the difficulty of being a police officer in those situations.
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Kevin Graham, FOP President: “(The prosecution’s) case is based on one video”

The President of the Fraternal Order of Police Kevin Graham shares his opinions on the Jason Van Dyke trial with Big John & Ramblin’ Ray. Graham touches on the state of moral within the CPD, why he is not surprised that the prosecution may be ready to rest its case already, and his response to Jeff Session’s criticism.

Judge orders DCFS to send him Laquan McDonald’s juvenile records

(CHICAGO)The judge presiding over the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke asked the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Thursday to send him over 8,200 pages of Laquan McDonald’s juvenile court records.

However, Judge Vincent Gaughan hasn’t decided whether Van Dyke’s defense team will see the files when he receives them. He said he will first analyze them himself to see if they are relevant for the officer’s pending trial, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Gaughan made the order in response to defense attorney Daniel Herbert’s request. Herbert wants to see the files so he can build a case for his client, who is accused of shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times.

Van Dyke can face up to 45 years in prison if he is convicted for the 2014 incident, Herbert noted, arguing that he is entitled to the records.

Just last month, Patricia Martin, the presiding judge of the child protection division of the Juvenile Court denied Herbert access to the records.

Herbert made his plea to see the records again to Gaughan on Thursday, saying it was “ludicrous” that he is being kept from them.

McDonald’s juvenile court records, usually confidential, were made public to the Chicago Sun-Times and other media outlets late last year after the graphic dashcam video of McDonald’s death in the 4100 block of South Pulaski was made public.

Herbert noted the “significant” amount of PCP in McDonald’s system and his “erratic behavior” at the time and said he needed to browse the records to see if the teenager had a medical condition or was on medication.

Abuse and neglect complaints began when McDonald was a toddler. He became a ward of the state at age 3, was in and out of foster care, and had a history of arrests for drugs and petty crimes, according to those records.

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Van Dyke Hearing Today

From the Associated Press

(CHICAGO)  A hearing is set to take place in the case of a white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times.

Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Video released in November contradicted police accounts of the shooting and set off protests.

A spokeswoman says Van Dyke and his attorney do not plan to attend Thursday’s hearing.

The question of whether to appoint a special prosecutor is among pretrial issues yet to be decided.

Civil rights attorneys and activists have questioned outgoing State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s objectivity and petitioned for her to be removed from the case.

Alvarez defended her handling of the case but asked the judge to appoint an outside prosecutor, citing her March election defeat.

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