Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s lawyers told jurors that Laquan McDonald was on a “wild rampage” through the city the night he died. But twice, Van Dyke watched on Monday as fellow officers said the threat McDonald posed on Oct. 20, 2014, did not prompt them to use deadly force.
Attorneys for Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke announced Friday morning they will let 12 jurors selected this week decide his guilt or innocence in Laquan McDonald’s shooting. It was rare for such a critical choice — a bench or jury trial — to be decided so late in such high-profile proceedings.
Evidence from Botham Jean’s apartment supports Dallas officer Amber Guyger’s account that she shot Jean from across the room as she stood inside his apartment door last week. Guyger faces manslaughter charges.
An arrest affidavit says Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, in the wrong apartment, described Botham Shem Jean as looking like a large silhouette because it was dark inside. “Guyger drew her firearm, gave verbal commands that were ignored by Jean,” the affidavit says.
Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge on Sunday, three days after she allegedly shot and killed a man after mistakenly entering his apartment at the complex where she also lived.
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was released after a judge gave him what the Chicago Tribune called a “slap-on-the-wrist” bond hike of $2,000 for giving media interviews in advance of his trial for shooting a 17-year-old in 2014.
Los Angeles County police fatally shot Vanessa Marquez, a former actress from the show “ER,”after she grabbed a BB gun while they were responding to a welfare check at her apartment. A sheriff’s department spokesman said she was having medical problems.
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $1.95 million settlement for the family of a homeless man who was fatally shot by police in a botched arrest on Skid Row. In 2015, three Los Angeles Police Department officers shot Charly Leundeu Keunang five times. He was unarmed and mentally ill. It was the first case in which the LAPD officer’s body cameras captured the fatal shooting of a suspect.
A Dallas Morning News investigation found that families of the five Dallas cops slain in July, 2016 received only 22 percent of the $3.2 million donated to two charities set up to help them. The rest went to telemarketing firms.