CHICAGO -- Monday morning, 14-year Chicago Police Department veteran Jason Van Dyke will appear for a second time at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse. The judge in this first degree murder case will be factoring in dash-cam video that had not been released at the time of Van Dyke's first appearance. That video will be used to determine whether or not he should be granted bail.
The Chicago lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police has posted a bail fund for the officer accused of shooting 17 year old LaQuan MacDonald 16 times just six seconds after emerging from his patrol car in October of 2014.
Van Dyke's attorney has maintained that the shooting was justified because the officer feared for his safety; he plans on going to trial.
The shooting has been investigated for more than a year now by the Cook County State's Attorney, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office. Federal charges are possible.
More federal oversight is what one group of Chicago pastors are asking for, as they maintain that credibility at multiple local levels is gone. Faith leaders say that now that the protests that have taken place since the video's release have died down, it is time for prayer. They are organizing a vigil Monday evening at Chicago Police headquarters to pray for justice, for peace, and for the city's future.
"This is a time for us to come together and make it very clear that the kinds of things that we have been seeing in the news are not okay to the God we worship, they are not okay to our churches," said Rev. David Swanson of New Community Covenant Church. "We want to collectively work to see that these things happen less and less in our city."
He encourages all Chicagoans to attend the 6:00 p.m. vigil Monday at 35th and Michigan Avenue.
"Everyone's affected, no one lives in a vacuum," said Pastor Michael Neal of Glorious Light Church in Bronzeville. "Every murder that happens in this city affects us all greatly, so it's time for us to step up because people are becoming jaded and hardened. This prayer rally is going to be a great time to show the community that we care."