It took thirteen months for video to surface of Laquan McDonald, a 17 year old black teenager, being gunned down by a policeman in Chicago. Why did it take so long, and how will authorities in Chicago be held accountable? McDonald's killing is putting into sharp focus issues of transparency in city police departments. The fact that he was reportedly high on PCP when he was shot 16 times also raises new questions about how police handle suspects on drugs, and about the continuing human costs of the war on drugs. We talk with a Chicago journalist and a former Maryland cop.
And with film awards season upon us and a slew of holiday movies being released, we check in with our movie know-it-alls, Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post and Jed Dietz of the Maryland Film Festival.
Then, we share with you a sample of the music that will soon become the new Maryland Morning theme song.