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The Jason Van Dyke trial resumes this morning (for real this time). IF Van Dyke testifies it'll likely be today. Follow along with @agrimm34 and me, and check out live updates from @SeidelContent on our blog. You can also watch a livestream of proceedings.…
Today's first defense witness: Dr. Laurence Miller, a psychologist who's expected to tell the jury what he believes went through Jason Van Dyke's mind before he shot #LaquanMcDonald.
Dr. Miller, a psychologist who evaluated Jason Van Dyke, says humans have a natural reaction to get away from danger. On the other hand, he says, "First responders ... they have to run into the danger." #LaquanMcDonald
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Today would have marked the 21st birthday of #LaquanMcDonald.

Follow our live updates as more witness testimony is expected this morning in the defense of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago cop on trial for murder in the then-teenager's death.
WATCH LIVE: Witness testimony continues in the defense of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is on trial for murder in the 2014 shooting death of #LaquanMcDonald.
Jason Van Dyke defense attorneys start the day with another witness that testifies about an incident involving #LaquanMcDonald. The defense hopes this testimony will paint McDonald as an aggressive teenager.

Live updates from the courthouse:
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Prosecutors are finished. Now it's the defense's turn. Attorneys for #JasonVanDyke will begin presenting their case this morning. Follow along here or check in for full trial coverage @wttw:…
@wttw Van Dyke's trial is expected to resume shortly. Inside the courtroom, #LaquanMcDonald's mother, Tina Hunter, just took a seat
@wttw Defense's first witness: Dr. Shaku Teas, a forensic pathologist who previously worked for Cook County
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1/ Chicago is 32 percent African-American but only one of the jurors in the trial of the police officer who killed #LaquanMcDonald is African-American. How many African-American jurors did the defense strike?
2/ It is unconstitutional for prosecutors or the defense to strike jurors on account of their race, but it’s a difficult allegation to prove, especially against the defense.

If the jury is hung, the public will question the racial composition of this jury.
3/ It would be helpful for journalists to explain how this jury was selected and why the “Batson” (racial discrimination in jury selection) challenges were made and rejected. /end
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1/ A little delayed because I’m starting a fellowship in NYC this week, but I wanted to share more about how @caylaclements_ & I reported our story about how Chicago's alternative HSs have disproportionately high numbers of student deaths…
@caylaclements_ 2/ This story began with a FOIA request for student transfer data for another story. When I got the data back, I realized there was a special code for students that CPS had been notified were deceased.
@caylaclements_ 3/ Right away it was clear there were a lot of alternative HSs on the list. Over 4 school yrs, 108 alternative HS students died, out of a total of 425 students district-wide. That means a tiny fraction of the district's enrollment made up a quarter of all student deaths.
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