Van Dyke attorneys denied access to Laquan McDonald juvenile records

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Laquan McDonald
Laquan McDonald

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A judge ruled Wednesday that Jason Van Dyke's attorneys cannot have access to Laquan McDonald's juvenile records.

The white Chicago police officer was charged with first-degree murder in the black 17-year-old's October 2014 shooting death.

Police dashcam video shows Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times. Van Dyke was charged in November 2015, shortly before the video was released to the public.

Van Dyke's attorneys said McDonald's juvenile records, from his time as a state ward, are necessary to prepare their client's defense. Van Dyke claims he shot McDonald in self-defense.

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, 17.