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Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Tuesday she decided weeks ago to charge a Chicago police officer with first-degree murder charges for the shooting of an African-American teen but held off until federal authorities completed their part of the joint investigation.
However, after a Cook County judge ruled last week that the video of the shooting would be released to the public, Alvarez said she “certainly moved up” her decision to charge Officer Jason Van Dyke. “I felt compelled in the interest of public safety to announce these state charges today,” she said at a news conference after Van Dyke had been ordered held on no bail at least until Monday in the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Van Dyke then fired 16 rounds at McDonald in about 14 seconds and was reloading when another officer told him to hold his fire, prosecutors said during bond court.
In all, Van Dyke was on the scene for less than 30 seconds before he started shooting, and the first shot was fired about six seconds after he exited his squad car, Alvarez said. About 14 or 15 seconds passed between the first and last shots fired by Van Dyke, and for 13 of those seconds, McDonald was on the ground, she said.
Alvarez said the video showed McDonald lying on the ground while shots continued to strike his body and the pavement near him, with puffs of debris kicking up and his arms and body jerking as he was struck. Van Dyke’s partner told authorities there was a brief pause in the shots and he saw Van Dyke reloading, so he told Van Dyke to hold his fire so he could approach and disarm him.
According to interviews with other officers at the scene, McDonald never spoke to them or responded to commands to drop the knife.
Witnesses who were stopped in traffic on Pulaski told authorities McDonald seemed to be “looking for a way to get away from the police,” Alvarez said. “He never moved toward, lunged at or did anything threatening,” she said.
originally posted by: chewi
a reply to: charolais
Pcp is so terrible it makes them keep attacking and takes 16 rounds to down him.
kinda makes a fool of the people that posted that earlier concerning this.
16 rounds and he was down by the third shot. You laugh at Chinese products, did his gun stick onFire mode.
You really will give anyone a gun and support the maniacs that have them because they might take yours.