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Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald Indicted on 6 Counts of First-Degree Murder


chicago laquan videoJason Van Dyke,
the Chicago police officer who shot and killed 17-year old Laquan McDonald, was formally indicted Thursday on six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct stemming from the fatal October 2014 shooting, The Chicago Tribune reports.

A grand jury charged the officer after dash cam footage showed Van Dyke shoot McDonald 16 times; according to the indictment, Van Dyke pulled the trigger despite knowing it “created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm.”

Chicago erupted in protests last month after the Chicago Police Department released the dash cam video, which shows a knife-wielding McDonald walking away from police before Van Dyke opens fire on the teen. Prior to the video’s release, Van Dyke had been charged with a single count of first-degree murder.

Amid the protests, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel requested the resignation of Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy, insisting “public trust and the leadership of the department has been shaken and eroded” by the shooting. Protestors have also called on Emanuel to resign.

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