Chicago officer charged with murder of Laquan McDonald expected to enter plea

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Jason Van Dyke

CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a teenager is expected to enter a plea at an arraignment.

Jason Van Dyke’s hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Chicago.

The veteran officer faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Public outcry has been furious since a dashcam video was released last month showing Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times. The teenager, armed with a knife, was veering away from officers when Van Dyke opened fire.

The footage sparked days of street demonstrations, the forced resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and a broad federal civil rights investigation of the police department’s practices and how allegations of officer misconduct are handled.

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