Chicago officer who shot black teen pleads not guilty

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The Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager last year pleaded not guilty to murder on Tuesday. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Chicago officer who shot black teen pleads not guilty

The Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager last year pleaded not guilty to murder on Tuesday.

Jason Van Dyke faces six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct for killing 17-year old Laquan McDonald. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Pastor Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s great uncle is not sure there will be a fair trail.

(SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) PASTOR MARVIN HUNTER, SAYING:

“I believe the entire political justice system in the county of Cook is corrupt, and I maintain that, and I need someone to prove me wrong, by bringing justice in the Jason Van Dyke case.”

Van Dyke’s lawyer Daniel Herbert says he may ask for a change of venue.

(SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DANIEL HERBERT, LAWYER FOR JASON VAN DYKE, SAYING:

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about us filing a change of venue motion. We certainly have not, we have not denied that request, we are still considering that.”

The release last month of a video of the shooting, which shows Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times, set off a wave of protests and calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation.

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