A judge has granted the Chicago officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald extra court security.
The decision to provide Officer Jason Van Dyke with extra security when he leaves and enters court was approved by Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan, CBS Chicago reports.
Van Dyke may even be allowed to skip some hearings, with his attorney citing death threats and racial slurs.
“There are reasonable grounds to believe that Defendant’s personal safety has been jeopardized by his attendance at previous court appearances and there is reasonable apprehension that the Defendant will continue to encounter the same level of exposure to personal harm in the future,” Van Dyke’s attorneys wrote in a request that would allow him to skip some routine court hearings.
Van Dyke is charged with murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Dashcam video showed McDonald running in the middle of the street while holding a knife when Van Dyke and his partner arrived on the scene. Van Dyke exited his vehicle and opened fire only seconds later. According to The Daily Beast , over a dozen bullets were fired while McDonald was lying on the ground in the fetal position.
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Van Dyke emptied a 15 round magazine on McDonald and began reloading before being stopped by his partner.
None of the multiple officers on the scene attempted to administer first aid to McDonald.