In what many are calling an unprecedented turn of events, a grand jury has indicted former Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke on six counts of first degree murder and one count of official misconduct.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Van Dyke is the first CPD officer to be charged with first-degree murder with respect to an on-the-job fatality in nearly 35 years.
On October 20, 2014, Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times.
According to the Washington Times, the indictment, “accuses the former officer of killing McDonald “without lawful justification” while being aware of his actions.”
The misconduct charge, “alleges Officer Van Dyke acted outside of his official capacity as an officer of the law.”
He is currently out on $1.5 million bail. Van Dyke is expected to plead not-guilty when he returns to court on Friday.
Stay tuned for the latest developments in the case.