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From left: Former Chicago Detective David March, officer Thomas Gaffney and former officer Joseph Walsh attend a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Were three Chicago cops following procedure after an officer-involved shooting? Or did they engage in a cover-up to try and protect their fellow officer? That’s what a Cook County judge will decide this week.

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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens in during his hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / pool)

The former Chicago police officer will be sentenced Friday. He was convicted last fall of second-degree murder in the fatal 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald.

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Keith Watley (Chicago Police Department)

Keith Watley, 29, is accused of intentionally running over and killing a mechanic he knew on the South Side.

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Police officials say the license plate readers allow officers to quickly identify stolen vehicles. (Chicago Police Department)

Carjacking totals dropped across Chicago in 2018 following a yearslong spike, and city leaders hope the deployment of a technological tool will help draw those totals down further.

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Alison Yohanna (Chicago Police Department)

Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigator Alison Yohanna is facing felony charges after she allegedly emailed a false report of a mass shooting at her office late last month.

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Background: Ex-Officer Joseph Walsh, second from left, former Detective David March, center, and Chicago police Officer Thomas Gaffney arrive in court on the first day of trial on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Foreground: Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes, right, and special prosecutor Ron Safer, left. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A Cook County judge has already delayed her finding once in the unprecedented trial of three Chicago police officers. The new verdict date is Jan. 17 – a day before the sentencing of former Officer Jason Van Dyke.

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(Chicago Tonight)

Chicago police descended on COPA’s office last Friday following a report of an emailed threat. But COPA officials now say that threat was “false” and the sender has been identified as an agency employee.

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The Chicago Police Department has taken steps to combat low morale and suicide among its officers, but some are calling for more to be done.

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(Chicago Tonight)

Preliminary numbers indicate that homicides in Chicago fell last year, though the total again eclipses the number of homicides in Los Angeles and New York combined, according to data released Tuesday.

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Pictured are Gino Garcia, his mother, Brenda Sexton, and other family members. (Courtesy of Gino Garcia)

The Chicago Police Department fields about 500 domestic violence calls every day. One police officer tries to help victims by sharing his own experiences. “I know what it’s like to need help and not knowing who can help me,” said Officer Gino Garcia.

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An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for a man in the death of a cabdriver who died after being kicked in the head during a traffic altercation, but Chicago police say the man went to China.

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(Chicago Tonight)

Nearly a dozen Chicago police districts this year saw their lowest number of recorded robberies since 2000 as the citywide robbery rate fell by 19 percent year-over-year.

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The Chicago Police Department says the illegal gun seizures are part of a strategy that has helped significantly reduce the number of homicides, robbery and other violent crimes in 2018.

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Edward Brown (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

Edward Brown, 24, was ordered held on $200,000 bond Thursday during his first hearing since he was charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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Edward Brown (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

Edward Brown is facing two felony weapons charges in connection with the deaths of two Chicago police officers who were struck and killed by a commuter train while they were chasing him.

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Chicago police Officers Conrad Gary, left, and Eduardo Marmolejo (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

The Chicago Police Department says services for Officer Conrad Gary will be held Thursday and Friday, while services for Officer Eduardo Marmolejo will be held Friday and Saturday.

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