Alvarez recuses herself in Jason Van Dyke case

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CHICAGO — The embattled Cook County State's Attorney, Anita Alvarez, recuses herself from the Jason Van Dyke case.

Alvarez says she did so in the interest of justice, and not because of a conflict of interest. The outgoing Alvarez has faced months of criticism over her handling of the case.

Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged in the fatal shooting of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald, was in court Thursday morning.

The judge said he'll make a definite decision on a special prosecutor on June 2nd.

Van Dyke's lawyer also asked for extra protection at the courthouse because he claims his client has received death threats from protesters. The judge said a security plan is in place.