Judge denies motion to drop charges in Laquan McDonald case

CHICAGO – A judge has refused to throw out the murder against a white Chicago police officer charged after he shot black teen Laquan McDonald 16 times.

Officer Jason Van Dijk is a lawyer, had argued that Van Dijk acted well and was only charged as a result of the intense political pressure that the prosecutors were under as a result of the release of the dashcam video that showed the 2014 kill.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that attorney Dan Herbert argued during a hearing on Thursday, Van Dijk was not only justified in the shooting of 17-year-old, who was armed with a knife, but was obliged to shoot him to prevent “these dangerous, armed individual” to escape.

The video showed McDonald veering away from officers, when Van Dijk opened fire.

Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan denied Herbert’s motion to dismiss the charges.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times,

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