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The Yehudah Project: 3 Cops indicted in the Laquan McDonald case in Chicago

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Dashcam video of the shooting -- released in November 2015 after a court battle -- contradicted nearly everything police said happened the night McDonald died. It showed McDonald walking away from police as he held a 4-inch knife, not lunging toward officers, as police had said. 

The shooting led to calls for reforms and fueled a national conversation about police use of deadly force.

"The shooting of Laquan McDonald forever changed the Chicago Police Department and I am committed to implementing policies and training to prevent an incident like this from happening again," police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. "We will also continue to implement meaningful reforms that build community trust, provide greater training and resources to our dedicated officers, and make Chicago safer."

In the 11-page indictment Van Dyke is referred to as Individual A and as a part of the conspiracy. The officers will be arraigned July 10. It is unclear whether they have attorneys. The three charges each carry penalties of three to five years in prison and possible fines up to $25,000.