>> Well, now, it's received, we haven't had a chance->> The white Chicago cop charged with murdering a black teenager, facing new charges that appear connected to the killing. Officer Jason Van Dyke is accused of firing 16 shots at 17-year old Laquan McDonald in 2014. McDonald was holding a knife, but police dashcam video appears to show him walking away from officers when Van Dyke opens fire.
The new charges against the cop, 16 counts of aggravated battery, apparently, one for every bullet, according to the Chicago Tribune. They come on top of six counts of first degree murder for the incident. The release of the video drew national attention to the case, forcing Chicago into the debate over excessive force by police, and leading to the ouster of its police chief.
Police officers rarely face criminal charges for on-duty killings. They are even more rarely found guilty. The additional charges against Van Dyke could be an attempt by prosecutors to increase their chances of a conviction. Van Dyke pleaded not guilty on all counts through his lawyer. The officer has been suspended without pay while awaiting trial.
At 2015, Department of Justice probe into the Chicago Police Department found cops routinely violated the civil rights of minorities, used excessive force, racial discrimination, and a code of silence to undermine investigations into police misconduct.