Cop accused of the killing of Laquan McDonald: I’m not racist
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dijk speaks out before going on trial on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of the 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
An Illinois court struck a $2,000 fine on the Chicago police officer Jason Van Dijk for violating a gag order and giving interviews to the media before jury selection was set to start in his first degree murder trial.
Special prosecutor Joseph McMahon had requested that Van Dijk’s $ 150,000 cash bond be revoked or increased as a punishment for the interviews to obtain a softer, softer side of the white policeman accused of the brutal gunning black teen Laquan McDonald.
Van Dijk gave a 40-minute interview in the Chicago Tribune on Aug. 28. During the meeting, which he allegedly expressed his fear of going to prison. Van Dijk has a camera interview with a local Fox affiliate the next day.
CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER IS OF THE OPINION LAQUAN MCDONALD MURDER CHARGE IS POLITICAL: ‘I’M NOT RACIST’
In this May 4, 2018 file photo, Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dijk attends a hearing for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton criminal court Building in Chicago
(Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
Jury selection began Wednesday in the Van Dyke test. He is accused of unloading 16 bullets in the 17-year-old.
The case has polarized the city, fed animosity in the direction of the police, led to an investigation that accused three other officers of the capping of the incident and permanently cast a shadow on outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of the inheritance.
Laquan McDonald’s death sparks national debate
Grainy dash cam video shows McDonald walking down a Chicago street with a knife in his hand. As he walks down the street with his back away from the officers, Van Dijk jumps out of his car, pulls out his 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol and starts to shoot. It takes him 15 seconds to fire 16 shots, some of whom hit McDonald after he was already on the ground.
TRIAL OF JASON VAN DIJK, CHICAGO OFFICER ACCUSED OF THE KILLING OF LAQUAN MCDONALD, BEGINS WITH THE SELECTION OF THE JURY
The Laquan McDonald(see photo) the case has polarized the Chicago fed animosity in the direction of the police, led to an investigation that accused three other officers of the capping of the incident and permanently cast a shadow on outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s legacy
The police union claimed McDonald was with a knife and approaching the officers when he was shot. The graphic video refutes the story, and shows McDonald veering away from officers.
The failed treatment of the shooting also led to a devastating 2017 Ministry of Justice, the report claimed that the Chicago police routinely used excessive force, violated civil rights and demonstrated racial bias against blacks.