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Laquan McDonald: Killer Cop Charged With Murder

The officer accused of fatally shooting Chicago teen Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014 was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, as the city braces for the moment video of the “disturbing” shooting is released to the public.

Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning and was scheduled to appear in bond court at noon in connection with the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

It is reportedly the first time a Chicago officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty shooting in nearly 35 years.

Dash-cam video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald has been described as “graphic and violent” and “difficult to watch.”

Laquan McDonald's Accused Killer
Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning to be charged with first-degree murder for 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Photo credit: Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

The shooting was captured in dash-cam video Van Dyke’s attorney described as “graphic and violent” and “difficult to watch.”

For nearly a week, city officials have been preparing for the moment footage of the shooting is made public, calling for calm ahead of potential riots.

Source: NBC Chicago

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