Chicago officer charged in murder of Laquan McDonald posts bond, leaves jail

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CHICAGO — A Chicago Police officer charged with murder has left jail after he posted bond Monday.

A Cook County judge set bond at $1.5 million for Jason Van Dyke after a squad car video caught him shooting a teenager 16 times.The bond amount meant Van Dyke needed $150,000 to be released.

Van Dyke posted bond and left jail at about 5 p.m.

Van Dyke had been locked up since Nov. 24, when prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

The same day, authorities released the dashcam video that shows McDonald — armed with a small knife and walking down a street on the city’s Southwest Side — being shot repeatedly by the 37-year-old Van Dyke. A judge had ordered the video released the previous week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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