CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has denied bond for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black teenager.
Officer Jason Van Dyke was ordered to remain in custody at a bond hearing Tuesday.
Van Dyke fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014 after officers responded to complaints about cars being broken into and radios stolen.
Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Delaney said Van Dyke emptied his 9 mm pistol, shooting the teen 16 times from just 10 feet away. He said the shooting lasted 14-15 seconds and that McDonald was on the ground for 13 seconds.
Delaney says witnesses maintain McDonald was moving away from the officer and never threatened him.
Police say the teen had a knife, and Delaney said a 3-inch knife was recovered from the scene.
Van Dyke’s attorney maintains his client acted lawfully.