Former Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald Pleads Not Guilty

Former Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald Pleads Not Guilty

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.

Published December 29, 2015

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.

Protests erupted in Chicago after the video of McDonald being shot down in the middle of the street 16 times was released to the public on November 24. There was a massive demonstration on Black Friday held at Magnificent Mile, a popular shopping destination in the Windy City. 

The graphic footage shows police firing shots at the teen who fell onto the ground and appeared unresponsive. Several more shots were then fired into his body. None of the police on the scene appeared to help McDonald after he was sprayed with the bullets. At no point did McDonald approach police in the video. He appeared to be walking in a direction away from them the entire time.


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(Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, File/AP Photo)

Written by Natelege Whaley

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