In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 photo, Chicago Police Detective Roberto Garcia has officer Jason Van Dijk’s 9mm semi-automatic Smith & Wesson in the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton criminal court Building in Chicago. Garcia was asked to confirm it was the gun Van Dijk converted in hours after the shooting that Van Dyke used to kill’. (Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
CHICAGO – The Latest on the trial of a Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald (all times are local):
Members of the jury are viewing the autopsy photos of black teen Laquan McDonald after he was shot by a white Chicago police officer.
The pictures were shown as Cook County’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Ponni Arunkumar testified Wednesday about McDonald’s gunshot wounds. She said that he had 16 in total. She also says the first shot would not have killed the 17-year-old.
Officer Jason Van Dijk is charged with first-degree murder in McDonald’s death. Video of the October 2014 shooting shows Van Dijk to open fire as McDonald walks in the vicinity of the police with a small knife in the hand.
Arunkumar was the describe of each gunshot wound to the jury. She says that it is impossible to determine the order of the gunshots in such cases because the shooter and the person who is recorded in the “constant motion.”
Witnesses are to testify about the science behind the death of the black teen Laquan McDonald after he was shot by a white Chicago police officer.
A nurse said Wednesday that McDonald had arrived in a hospital with no pulse or heartbeat. A paramedic testified about the provision of medical care to McDonald on the way to the hospital. And a State of Illinois Police forensic expert has testified about bullets and shell casings found at the scene, who all came from the same weapon.
Officer Jason Van Dijk is charged with first-degree murder in McDonald’s death. Video of the October 2014 shooting shows Van Dijk to open fire if the 17-year-old boy who runs away from the police with a small knife in the hand.
Plaintiffs have pointed to no other officers that have been in contact with McDonald opened fire. Van Dijk’s lawyers say that he was afraid for his life and acted as he was trained.
Testimony is expected to resume in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dijk.
In the first two days of testimony, the case was dominated by officials and former officials, appearing on the scene in October 2014, when the white officer shot black teen Laquan McDonald 16 times.
The officers, including Van Dijk is a partner and Joseph Walsh, were asked why they did not shoot like Van Dijk did.
Walsh, who is no longer on the force, has been charged, together with other officers with trying to cover up what happened. He was forced to testify Tuesday.
With the trial set to resume Wednesday, the big question is whether the jury will hear from two others — an officer and a former officer — which is the face of cover-up charges.