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Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Chicago Officer Who Fatally Shot Ronald Johnson Avoids Murder Charge

The decision came soon after the Department of Justice announced an investigation into the Chicago Police Department's practices.

By Kate Grumke | December 7, 2015

Criminal charges will not be brought against a Chicago police officer who shot and killed Ronald Johnson in October 2014. (Video via CNN)

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said dashcam video of the shooting showed Johnson had a gun when he was fatally shot. (Video via ABC News)

Earlier Monday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Department of Justice will open a civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department's practices.

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Protesters in Chicago have been calling for accountability following the release of dashcam video of a police officer fatally shooting Laquan McDonald. That officer was charged with murder.

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