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Video of Teen Shot 16 Times by Chicago Officer to Be Released

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Published on 18 Jul 2019 / In News & Politics

City officials in Chicago have been ordered to release the 2014 video that allegedly shows a white Chicago police officer named Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting a black 17-year-old named Laquan McDonald 16 times. A Cook County judge ordered the video release of the Oct. 20, 2014 incident by no later than November 25. The judge ruled that the video would likely not jeopardize the ongoing investigation into the shooting, as the city had argued. During the incident, officers had reportedly kept a knife-wielding and allegedly erratic McDonald away from pedestrians as he wandered from a trucking yard to a Burger King and beyond. The teenager had allegedly tried to break into cars. As police waited on more officers to arrive, Van Dyke drove up with another officer and fired a volley of shots into McDonald, many of them reportedly as McDonald was on the ground. Some Chicago media outlets report that Van Dyke may be criminally charged as early as Tuesday, though it's unclear what those charges will be.

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