Last week's release of a video showing the officer shooting Mr. McDonald 16 times has rocked Chicago, setting off protests and the shutdown of the University of Chicago over an online threat that appeared to be related to the shooting.
Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke is set to appear in court Monday to learn whether or not he will be offered bond, in a case that has again highlighted debate around the role of video in police work.
The city has 60 days to give the Mohamed family $15 million in damages as well as written apologies from the mayor, the police chief, and school authorities. Or, the family's attorneys say, civil action will be pursued.
Two additional suspects, both young men in their early 20s, have been detained in conjunction with a related series of robberies, according to local sources.
New Orleans police are investigating a shoot-out at a weekend block party that left 16 people wounded, using many of the strategies that have helped create almost four straight years of homicide declines.
Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard has been released on parole after 30 years in prison. His lawyers are challenging the terms of his release in court.
An evening of tense confrontations between police and demonstrators leads some to call for restraint and others more rigor.