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(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast). FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, Lamon Reccord, right, stares and yells, "Shoot me 16 times," at a Chicago police officer as he and others march through Chicago's Loop, one day after murder charges we... (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast). FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, Lamon Reccord, right, stares and yells, "Shoot me 16 times," at a Chicago police officer as he and others march through Chicago's Loop, one day after murder charges we...
(AP Photo/Paul Beaty). FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, police officers line up outside the District 1 central headquarters at 17th and State streets in Chicago, during a protest for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot in... (AP Photo/Paul Beaty). FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, police officers line up outside the District 1 central headquarters at 17th and State streets in Chicago, during a protest for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot in...
(AP Photo/Teresa Crawford). FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 file photo, Leonard Gipson, center right, one of 15 convicted men, accompanied by Joshua Tepfer, center left, of the University of Chicago's Exoneration Project, talks to reporters in C... (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford). FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 file photo, Leonard Gipson, center right, one of 15 convicted men, accompanied by Joshua Tepfer, center left, of the University of Chicago's Exoneration Project, talks to reporters in C...
(Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune via AP). FILE - In this Friday, June 22, 2018 file photo, Jackie Wilson, flanked by his attorneys G. Flint Taylor, left, and Elliot Slosar, leaves the Cook County Jail in Chicago, after a judge issued a finding t... (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune via AP). FILE - In this Friday, June 22, 2018 file photo, Jackie Wilson, flanked by his attorneys G. Flint Taylor, left, and Elliot Slosar, leaves the Cook County Jail in Chicago, after a judge issued a finding t...
(AP Photo/Annie Rice). FILE - In this July 7, 2018 file photo, The Rev. Michael Pfleger, left, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, second from left, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, participate in an anti-violence march on the Dan... (AP Photo/Annie Rice). FILE - In this July 7, 2018 file photo, The Rev. Michael Pfleger, left, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, second from left, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, participate in an anti-violence march on the Dan...

By SHARON COHEN
AP National Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - The trial of a Chicago police officer facing murder charges in the shooting of a black teen shines a spotlight on a troubled force that has been accused of racial bias, excessive force and a code of silence.

Many big cities share these problems, but one expert says that Chicago is that on steroids.

The city's police superintendent acknowledges black and Latino residents haven't been treated properly, but says the department has made changes and more are planned.

While the murder trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke in the October 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald will revolve around the events of that night, it also will draw fresh attention to the problems the city's police department has wrestled with for decades.

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