Jason Van Dyke Charged With Murder in Killing of Black Teen
Jason Van Dyke Charged With Murder in Killing of Black Teen

Jason Van Dyke Charged With Murder in Killing of Black Teen “Report”

Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Surrounded by reporters, Jason Van Dyke said nothing as he and his attorney walked into the courthouse at 26th Street and California.

Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times. Jason Van Dyke said he fired in self-defense after McDonald, who was on PCP and carrying a 4-inch knife, lunged at him and his partner.

A police dash-cam video, due to be released to the public on Wednesday on a judge’s order, purportedly shows McDonald walking away from police when the officer opens fire after stepping out of his squad car. One of five officers on the scene, Van Dyke is the only one who fires. The video, according to those who’ve seen it, shows Van Dyke continuing to fire shots into McDonald’s body after he falls to the ground.

McDonald’s family was awarded $5 million in a civil settlement with the city.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will hold a press conference following the hearing at 1 p.m.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week called the shooting “hideous” and said Van Dyke’s actions are indefensible. “He will be held accountable,” Emanuel said.

A federal investigation is also under way.

The city is bracing for protests and possible violence, when the video goes public.

Jason Van Dyke, 37, has said he fears for his safety and the safety of his wife and two children. Since the shooting, Jason Van Dyke has been on paid desk duty and stripped of his police powers.


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