A $1.5 million bond has been set for former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who is facing a first-degree murder charge for killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Chicago Sun-Times reports. Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. made the decision Monday afternoon.
Shawn Whirl walked out of Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg two months after an Illinois appeals court overturned his 1991 murder conviction in the fatal shooting of Chicago cabdriver Billy G. Williams and one day after a Cook County judge dismissed the charges against him.
A Chicago police officer will not be charged in the shooting of a 25-year-old black man who authorities said was armed with a gun as he ran away from officers, prosecutors announced Monday, the same day the U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation into patterns of racial disparity in the use of force by Chicago police.
Federal and county prosecutors are investigating the October fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer of a teenager who authorities say was wielding a knife, and the city says it will pay his family $5 million to preclude any legal action.
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. The teenager was shot 16 times. Van Dyke was still an officer on paid desk duty as of Tuesday.