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Chicago Cop Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charges In Laquan McDonald’s Death



Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke entered a not-guilty plea at his court hearing Tuesday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune. Dyke faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct in Laquan McDonald’s death, the AP reports.

Dyke was released from jail last month after posting 10 percent of his $1.5 million bond.

Van Dyke was granted bond after his attorney, Daniel Herbert, told Judge Donald Panarese Jr. that his client was no threat to the public and should be given a reasonable bond, according to USA Today.



Judge Panarese Jr. reportedly noted before setting bail that Van Dyke is presumed innocent.

Van Dyke, 37, is seen in surveillance footage firing 16 rounds into the 17-year-old boy even while he lay on the ground. An autopsy found McDonald had bullet wounds in his chest, neck, back, arms and right leg.



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