First degree murder charges have been filed after more than a year for prosecutor in the Laquan McDonald shooting case and civil alderman as well as civil rights activists now questions the reasons for the delay.
Officer Jason Van Dyke shot the 17-year-old black male armed with a 3-inch knife sixteen times in thirteen seconds last year on the night of October 20 at 4100 South Pulaski Road in Chicago. Police cruiser’s dashboard camera captured the shooting scene and footage of it was released yesterday after a court order.
After the public release of the video people in hundreds protested blocking intersection of Roosevelt and Michigan avenue for past two days.
If the officer, who is a 14-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, is convicted of first degree murder, he would face a sentence of twenty years to life imprisonment. Currently he is at Cook County Jail without bail.