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Chicago Officer Charged with Shooting Black Teen Held on $1.5 Million Bail

By Staff


Jason Van Dyke

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, and a judge set Van Dyke’s bail at $1.5 million.

The judge reportedly decided Van Dyke’s bail after watching a dashcam video of the incident Nov. 30.

According to reports, the video shows McDonald, an African American male who allegedly flattened a squad car’s tire prior to the shooting, moving away from the officers just before Van Dyke, a white male, shoots the teen.

This is contrary to Van Dyke’s prior claims of self-defense.

Protestors marched throughout Chicago following the video’s release, and several Chicago officials have called for Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez’s removal from the case, due to the fact that Alvarez took 13 months to file charges against Van Dyke.

Alvarez has reportedly said she was slow to file the charges because she was building a detailed case against Van Dyke.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern Illinois is also currently conducting a parallel investigation into the case.