Court appearance for Chicago officer accused of murdering black teen

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Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke briefly appears in court ahead of his scheduled arraignment on six counts of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. He’s expected to plead not guilty. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Court appearance for Chicago officer accused of murdering black teen


STORY: The Chicago police officer accused of shooting andm killing a black teenager last year appeared in a Chicago court on Tuesday, ahead of his expected arraignment later in the day.

Officer Jason Van Dyke faces six murder charges and one count of official misconduct for killing Laquan McDonald, 17, in October 2014. Van Dyke’s lawyer has said his client intends to plead not guilty, and is seeking to have the case tried outside of Cook County.

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 Emanuel’s resignation.

High-profile killings of black men by mainly white police officers since mid-2014 have triggered waves of protests across the country and fueled a civil rights movement under the name Black Lives Matter.

Protests over the shooting of Laquan McDonald led to the resignation of Chicago’s police chief and a U.S. Department of Justice probe into whether the department use lethal force too often, especially against minorities.

A protest focusing on police issues and a call for Emanuel to resign is planned at City Hall on Thursday.

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