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Laquan McDonald shooting: Did aides know details months before the mayor did?

Laquan McDonald shooting: Did aides know details months before the mayor did?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said that he didn't understand the gravity of Laquan McDonald's shooting death at the hands of a Chicago police officer until just before the city settled with the teen's family last spring, and that he wasn't aware other officers may have falsified reports about the shooting until just after the video was released to the public.

But interviews, official city calendars and emails show in both cases the mayor's closest aides and City Hall attorneys knew much earlier than that.

Emanuel's top staffers became keenly aware the McDonald shooting could become a legal and political quagmire in December 2014 — more than three months before the mayor has...

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