In 2014 and 2015, protests and unrest took place in several cities including Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri. In 2015 another officer involved shooting, resulting the death of Laquan McDonald was scrutinized. One person who helped bring the story to the forefront was Jamie Kalven. Kalven is the founder of The Invisible Institute, a media production company with the aim of creating better transparency between the community, the police and criminal justice system.
This interview was recorded December 2, 2015
Highlights of the interview are included for convenient listening.
Note: The interviewer stated one of three primary, independent investigators as Greg Futterman, and was corrected by the interviewee. The correct name is Craig Futterman.
- Origin of the Invisible Institute (0:56)
- Independent journalists and the investigation (2:37)
- Process of investigating Laquan McDonald’s death (6:17)
- Suppressing information for the good of the community? (10:08)
- Stories and information about police accountability (12:50)
- 5 years from now, what will the be the state of police and urban communities? (15:02)
- Minute by Minute: How Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald, Chicago Tribune, January 18, 2019 https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/laquan-mcdonald/ct-jason-vandyke-laquan-mcdonald-timeline-htmlstory.html
- Laquan McDonald Video Released, November 24, 2015, TIME https://time.com/4126670/chicago-releases-video-of-laquan-mcdonald-shooting/
- Four Chicago cops fired for allegedly covering up fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald, July 19, 2019, USA Today https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/19/laquan-mcdonald-4-chicago-cops-fired-over-teens-fatal-shooting/1775352001/