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Judge sets $1.5 million Bail for Chicago Officer in Murder Trial

November 30, 2015  | 

A Chicago police officer facing first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teen last year was was released from county jail Monday evening, hours after a judge set bond at $1.5 million, reports USA Today.

The officer had been in jail since Tuesday after prosecutors charged him with the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting of Laquan McDonald. Also on Tuesday, the city released dashcam video that shows the teen being shot by the officer.

Ben Breit, a Cook County sheriff's department spokesman, said late Monday afternoon that Van Dyke has posted bail - 10% of the bail set by the judge, or $150,000 - to secure his release.

Herbert said his client feared for his life and was acting out of self-defense. He added that the video doesn't portray the full portrait of what led to the shooting and that his client would ultimately be vindicated when all the evidence is presented at trial.


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