Chicago Police Officer to Face Murder Charges in Laquan McDonald Shooting


A memorial to Laquan McDonald, 17, is seen in April at the Sullivan House Alternative High School in Chicago. McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. (photo: Zbigniew Bzdak/TNS/Landov)
A memorial to Laquan McDonald, 17, is seen in April at the Sullivan House Alternative High School in Chicago. McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. (photo: Zbigniew Bzdak/TNS/Landov)

 

Bill Chappell | NPR | Reader Supported News | November 24, 2015

ore than a year after prosecutors say Officer Jason Van Dyke shot and killed Laquan McDonald, 17, a first-degree murder charge has been filed against the officer.

McDonald was shot 16 times in October of 2014. Police say he had refused to follow officers’ instructions as he walked down a street with a knife, and that he had punctured several cars’ tires. An attorney for McDonald’s family says he had his back to the officers when he was shot.

“Van Dyke turned himself in to authorities this morning and is scheduled to appear in bond court today at noon,” according to a statement from the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

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