Was this cop justified based on this newly released video evidence?
A video showing a Chicago police officer gun down a 17-year-old was released Tuesday evening after a judge ordered last week it be made available to the public.
The footage shows former officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, fatally shoot Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014. The 17-year-old had a knife on him which police said had been used to slash a squad car’s tires. But officials said the shooting was “not justified” and Dyke has been charged with first degree murder.
In the video, McDonald is seen walking in the middle of the street when he is confronted by police and seemingly disobeys their orders to surrender.
Dyke then unloads his firearm on him, shooting the 17-year-old 16 times.
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