UPD Weighs in on Shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago
A police officer in Chicago is without a job and facing a murder charge after video was reviewed and released of him shooting a 17-year-old in the street on October 20, 2014.
Laquan McDonald, who was shot by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke sixteen times, died of his injuries. Although McDonald was holding a knife and visually appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, Utica Police Lieutenant Steve Hauck says that the multiple shots fired by Van Dyke were not necessary, as McDonald did not appear to pose a real threat to those on the scene. Certainly, he says, multiple shots were not necessary after McDonald fell to the ground.
In addition Hauck says he does not understand the thought process behind the timing of the video's release, done late in the day, by the Chicago Police Department. Officer Van Dyke is being charged with murder.
The interview aired in its entirety on WIBX's First News with Keeler in the Morning. The complete interview can be heard in the Keeler Show Notes for Wednesday, November 25, 2015.