Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Tuesday morning in the killing of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald. He is currently out on bail. Van Dyke is facing a first-degree murder charge for fatally shooting McDonald. The next hearing in his case is scheduled for Jan. 29.
Two Chicago police officers have been put on administrative leave because their reports on the fatal shooting of a black teenager by an officer in 2014 contradict what can be seen on squad car video of the incident.
The shooting death of Laquan McDonald did not receive major media attention when it happened in 2014. The case of the 17-year-old African-American who was shot and killed by Chicago police is finally getting exposure.
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.
Hundreds of protesters blocked major Chicago intersections Tuesday and plan to continue demonstrations in the next several days following the release of a dashcam video showing police shoot Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American boy, 16 times in 2014. Five people were arrested in the protests, including a well-known poet and Black Youth Project organizer Malcolm London. One further action expected is a boycott on Black Friday at a well-known shopping strip called Magnificent Mile.
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.