No bail for Chicago cop charged in Laquan McDonald’s murder

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Laquan McDonald (left) and Jason Van Dyke
Laquan McDonald (left) and Jason Van Dyke

CHICAGO -- A Chicago police officer is being held without bail in the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. McDonald was shot 16 times on Oct. 20.

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Charges were announced Tuesday as the city prepared to release a squad-car video of the shooting. Van Dyke requested protected custody and is now incarcerated in the Cermak hospital building. If convicted of first degree murder, Van Dyke faces a sentence of between 20 years to natural life in prison

The video shows McDonald armed with a small knife and walking away from officers. Van Dyke opens fire from about 15 feet and keeps shooting after the teen falls to the ground.

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An autopsy says he was shot at least twice in the back.

Some worry the images could lead to unrest as in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after police-involved deaths.

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