Professor Schwartz Comments on Chicago Police Officer’s Defense in Murder Case in Reuters Article

December 1, 2015—Professor Joanna Schwartz commented in a Reuters article on the murder case against a white Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke, for killing a black teenager, Laquan McDonald.  Officer Jason Van Dyke is accused of shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald just six seconds after emerging from his patrol car on a street on the southwest side of Chicago on Oct. 20, 2014, emptying his gun’s clip.

“There’s a longstanding presumption by prosecutors certainly, and also by jurors, that when officers use force it's justified,” Professor Schwartz said. “But I also agree that post-Ferguson, there has been a shift in the view about police justification.”