Officer Van Dyke makes brief court appearance, next hearing in March

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CHICAGO —A Chicago police officer facing a first-degree murder charge in the fatal 2014 shooting of a teenager will return to court in March.

Officer Jason Van Dyke appeared Friday morning in Cook County Court, where numerous pretrial issues were discussed. The judge set a March 23 date for the next hearing.

Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

City officials released squad car video of the shooting in November, hours after Cook County authorities announced charges. The footage showed McDonald veering away from officers as Van Dyke opened fire and shot McDonald 16 times.

The video sparked numerous protests and calls for Emanuel's resignation. The federal Justice Department is investigating the Chicago Police Department's practices and policies.

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