A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE CONDUCTING JOINT INVESTIGATION OF POLICE SHOOTING DEATH
CHICAGO — Federal officials confirmed today that they are conducting a criminal investigation into the death of Laquan McDonald, 17, who died on Oct. 20, 2014, during an encounter with Chicago Police.
McDonald, who was armed with a knife, was near West 41st Street and South Pulaski Road on the city’s southwest side, when he was shot and killed during an encounter with police.
United States Attorney Zachary T. Fardon confirmed the investigation along with FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Holley and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
The joint investigation is being led by the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in coordination with the Independent Police Review Authority, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
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Not in the press release, but an essential part of the story is that McDonald is African-American.