Van Dyke’s Bail Set at 1.5 Million
Today Officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with first degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year old Laquan McDonald went to Cook County Criminal Courts.
A judge set bail at $1.5 million for the Chicago police officer.
Officer Jason Van Dyke has been in jail since Tuesday after prosecutors charged him with the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting of McDonald. Following the arrest that same day, the city released dash cam videos a result of a court order, that shows the teen, who is black, being shot by Van Dyke, who is white. VanDyke allegedly fired 16 times.
Protesters took to Chicago streets for several days after the video release and the announcement of the charges.
Judge Donald Panarese, Jr. noted before setting the $1.5 million on Monday (today) that Van Dyke is presumed innocent.
Daniel Herbert, Van Dyke’s attorney, argued that Van Dyke is no threat to the public and should be given a reasonable bond.
Herbert’s argument seems a contradiction after seeing the video. “Clearly he appears to be threatening, in fact he’s a menace to the Black community,” said Charles Brown of Bronzeville. “I’m glad the judge set a high bail.”
Van Dyke appeared in court on Tuesday for a bond hearing, but prosecutors did not present the judge with the dashcam video. Panarese ordered lawyers to return back to court on Monday afternoon, so he could he could decide on bail after viewing the video.
The video shows McDonald, who prosecutors say punctured a tire of a squad car prior to the shooting, veering away from police when Van Dyke shoots the teen. Van Dyke fired 13 of the shots while McDonald was on the ground, the video shows.