Grand jury will look into possible cover-up in McDonald case

November 17, 2016
FILE - This undated file photo shows Patricia Brown Holmes, a former federal prosecutor who was named special prosecutor to consider if Chicago police officers were involved in a cover up in the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago. Holmes said Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, that a grand jury has been impaneled to hear evidence into the possible cover-up. (Rummana Hussain/Chicago Sun Times via AP, File )

CHICAGO (AP) — A special prosecutor says a grand jury has been impaneled to hear evidence into a possible cover-up by Chicago police officers in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Patricia Brown Holmes on Wednesday told Chief Criminal Court Judge LeRoy K. Martin Jr. the special grand jury will begin issuing subpoenas over the next 30 to 45 days. She did not say if the jurors have already heard any evidence.

Martin named Holmes to look into whether officers lied to justify the October 2014 shooting of the 17-year-old McDonald.

Video released last year showed officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times. Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty to murder.

No other officers have been charged in the incident that prompted numerous protests after video of the shooting was made public.

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