How 16 shots changed Chicago

alt text By Julia Mondschean, Criminal Justice Reporter, The Real Chi

Nearly four years after Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, the Van Dyke trial began just this month. The prosecution rested its case last week. Now, the defense begins its attempt to prove Van Dyke was justified in shooting McDonald 16 times. As the trial nears its end, Chicago waits for the verdict with baited breath.

No matter the verdict, the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald ignited a movement that has changed Chicago.

The timeline above, brought to you by The Real Chi, shows the major changes that have occured in Chicago since McDonald’s death. Among them: resignations, a federal investigation and at the center of everything, citizens who are devoted to fixing a system they feel has failed them.