Prosecutors and the protection attorneys for the White Chicago cop who’s charged with the homicide of a Black teenager rested their case on Wednesday, in keeping with NBC Information.
The choice comes a day after officer Jason Van Dyke testified in courtroom that he shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014 as a result of he allegedly moved towards him and ignored orders to drop his knife.
“He obtained proper about 10 to 15 toes away from me,” mentioned an emotional Van Dyke. “We by no means misplaced eye contact, his eyes had been bugging out, his face was simply expressionless. He turned his torso in the direction of me. He waved the knife from his decrease proper facet upwards throughout his physique in the direction of my left shoulder.”
Prosecutors disputed these claims by enjoying movies that contradicted the testimony that the teenager was “advancing” towards him together with his knife.
The prosecution acknowledged that dashcam footage didn’t present McDonald waving a knife at Van Dyke, which he ultimately agreed with, however mentioned that the video didn’t present his “perspective.”
Additionally they questioned Van Dyke’s claims that McDonald tried to stand up after he was shot 16 instances.
“Is there any half in that video the place Laquan McDonald was making an attempt to stand up?” requested Assistant Particular Prosecutor Jody Gleason.
“That video could not present it, however that wasn’t from my perspective,” responded Van Dyke. “My focus was simply on that knife, and I simply wished him to get rid of that knife,”
Attorneys will ship their closing arguments on Thursday, per NBC Information.