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Chicago Officer Draws Additional Charges in Laquan McDonald Killing

HeadlineMar 24, 2017

In Chicago, an indictment, unsealed Thursday, charges police officer Jason Van Dyke with 16 counts of aggravated battery—one for each of the bullets he fired into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October of 2014. The killing was captured on a police dash cam video released under court order, which clearly contradicted police claims about the shooting. The video shows the teenager posing no threat and walking away from the officers before Van Dyke opened fire. Van Dyke still faces first-degree murder charges, but some legal observers believe the special prosecutor brought the additional charges to give jurors the option to charge the officer with a lesser offense.

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