VIDEO: Attorney Dan Herbert speaks on behalf of his client, Officer Jason Van Dyke

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Cop made split second action, atty says
An attorney for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke said he anticipates judgement from those viewing the video.

CHICAGO -- Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, 17. He is being held without bail.

Van Dyke made no comment Tuesday morning, but his attorney spoke after the bond hearing. Defense attorney Dan Herbert cautions the public's rush to judgment after the video is released.

"The judgement made by individuals that view this tape from the comfort of their living room on their sofa, it's not the same standard as the perspective from my client. People viewing this video tape will have the brilliance and benefits of hindsight, 20/20 vision," Herbert said. "People will judge the split-second action of my client. However, the standard in this case is: what was my client experiencing at the time at which he made this split-second decision to fire, and that is the standard that is going to be utilized. And thankfully that will be the standard that will be utilized in court, and we fully anticipate that we will be successful in this case."