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.