Cook County Prosecutor Anita Alvarez announced today that she would be seeking a first-degree murder conviction for Officer Jason Van Dyke after he shot 17-year old, Laquan McDonald, 16 times in October 2014. While citizens and viewers around the nation are perturbed that the announcement comes 400 days after the shooting, Alvarez vowed that a thorough investigation has been completed and took time.
To add fuel to an already acrimonious blaze, fast food mogul, Burger King, announced that directly following the incident, officers came into their establishment and deleted a portion of their surveillance video which caught the incident on tape. However, this was not verified in the press conference held by Alvarez this afternoon.
There are a variance of questions forming regarding the case. One report shows that 9 of the 16 shots fired at McDonald were processed with the gun at a downward angle. This would mean that McDonald was shot several times in the back after he was already on the ground. The attorney for the officer stated that Van Dyke was acting in self-defense after McDonald would not comply with demands to drop a small, folding knife he was carrying. He also stated that the victim lunged at officers. Alvarez presented a scenario in direct opposition to these statements in her press conference today. She provided witness statements affirming that McDonald was running in a separate direction from the police when shot. While there are obviously more questions than answers to this true tale of sorrow, dash-cam video of the event has been ordered to be released tomorrow by an Illinois judge.