Cook county, IL- killer cop Jason van Dyke is indicted for the murder of Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke faces 16 counts- one for each bullet fired at the teenager McDonald.
Officer Jason Van Dyke, 38, was indicted in 2015 on six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct. Those charges still stand.
The new charges, which were handed up by a grand jury March 16, were unsealed Thursday morning by Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan, who presided over a routine status hearing for Van Dyke at Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Ave.
Van Dyke’s defense attorney, Dan Herbert, twice this year has filed motions seeking to dismiss the original 2015 indictment against Van Dyke. Herbert argued that former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez shared what are known as compelled statements with media outlets and the grand jury responsible for Van Dyke’s original 2015 indictment.
Van Dyke made the statements in question under threat of being fired, Herbert said, and was “expressly promised” the statements would not be used against him in criminal proceedings.
The judge has not ruled on Herbert’s motions.
But on Thursday, special prosecutor Joseph McMahon announced his office on March 16 got a new 23-count indictment against Van Dyke that will supersede the initial 2015 charges. The new charges consist of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct.
Herbert is expected to file a response by Van Dyke’s next court appearance on April 20.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson last year moved to have Van Dyke and several other officers fired over allegations they lied after the shooting of McDonald.
McDonald had a 3-inch blade when Chicago police officers in Archer Heights called in a radio request for a Taser, prosecutors said.
Van Dyke and his partner responded to the call, but never specified whether they had a Taser. Within seconds of arriving on the scene, Van Dyke pulled his gun and emptied it into McDonald, shooting the teen 16 times. Video of the shooting, which was released via a court order in November 2015, sparked protests that shut down the Mag Mile and other major streets.