$1.5M Bond Set for police Officer in Shooting of black teen in chicago

Bond was set at $1.5 million Monday for a white police officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a black teenager last year.

Judge Donald D. Panarese Jr. of Cook County Circuit Court had previously said that he wanted to see the video from a police dashboard camera of the shooting before deciding whether the officer, Jason Van Dyke, should be released from jail as he awaits trial. That video was made public last week, and it showed the teenager, Laquan McDonald, 17, jogging and then walking past a group of police officers in the middle of a Chicago street, then spinning and falling as bullets strike him. While on the ground, he appears to be shot again.

In all, McDonald was hit 16 times in 14 or 15 seconds, prosecutors say, and for 13 of those seconds he was on the ground. Of eight officers on the scene, Van Dyke was the only one to fire his gun, prosecutors said. Van Dyke is the first Chicago police officer in decades to be charged with murder in an on-duty shooting.

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