The 16 shots were bad. The cover-up was worse.

The images on the famous police dashcam video are very troubling.

Laquan McDonald, loping along, a small knife in his hand, angling away from officers attempting to arrest him.

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke advancing on McDonald and, only about six seconds after exiting his squad car, emptying his gun into McDonald, spinning him around and leaving him fatally wounded on the street.

Van Dyke’s murder trial, now in the jury selection phase at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, will focus mostly on what happened in those six seconds — what did each man do, instant by instant, step by step, in that fatal interval? Was Van Dyke’s decision to use lethal force justified on that October night in 2014? Or did he cross the line into criminality?

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Region: Chicago,Features,City: Chicago

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September 6, 2018 at 03:27PM

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