The homicide trial of the Chicago cop who shot and killed a Black teenager, Laquan McDonald, in 2014, is ready to start on Monday.
Attorneys for Officer Jason Van Dyke, 40, have argued that their shopper received’t be capable of get a good trial in Cook dinner County because of the publicity of the case.
A ruling by Choose Vincent Gaughan on the protection crew’s request is predicted to be handed down earlier than the beginning of the trial, however it’s unlikely that the trial might be moved out of the county because the Jury has already been chosen, in line with the Chicago Tribune.
The Chicago police officer faces six counts of first-degree homicide, 16 counts of aggravated battery and one rely of official misconduct stemming from the October 2014 incident.
Van Dyke and different officers on the scene mentioned that Laquan McDonald, who was holding a knife, had threatened officers with a weapon, however police dashcam footage launched a 12 months after the capturing contradicted the officers’ claims.
The video confirmed McDonald strolling away from the police and captured Van Dyke capturing him inside seconds of leaving his automobile.
Based on the Tribune, folks have criticized the dearth of range on the jury, because it options one Black particular person, one Asian particular person, three Hispanic folks and seven Whites.
Per the Tribune, the jury consists of:
A monetary analyst, an aspiring Chicago police officer, a stay-at-home mom and a person whose church inspired its members to talk with black folks about their experiences with racial injustice.
The trial is predicted to final round three weeks and if convicted for homicide, Van Dyke could withstand life in jail.