Bailed Out: Officer Charged in Laquan McDonald Shooting
Jason Van Dyke, the officer who fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, has been released on $1.5 million bond, reports Chicago Tribune.
He had been in jail since Tuesday after prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder for shooting McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. Cook County sheriff’s department spokesman stated that Van Dyke has posted 10 percent of the bail set by the judge to secure his release.
Criticisms toward the handling of Laquan McDonald’s case has called for the resignation of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez in addition to mounted scrutiny of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for waiting 13 months to file charges against Van Dyke.
Chicago has been in an uproar since footage of the volatile dash cam video showing the teen’s final moments alive was released Tuesday evening. Upon the release, activists and youth advocates have taken to the streets in protest demanding an end to injustice, the killings of Black lives at the hands of police and each other and a call for equality.
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