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The Latest: Jury selection begins in Chicago officer’s case

September 5, 2018
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Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke walks into the courthouse, Wednesday morning, Sept. 5, 2018, in Chicago. Prospective jurors in the murder trial of Dyke who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald are to be given questionnaires as the first phase of jury selection starts Wednesday. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Chicago police officer in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

About 100 prospective jurors have crowded into a courtroom for the first phase of jury selection in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged in the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

The judge on Wednesday read to the jury pool the charges against Jason Van Dyke: first-degree murder, aggravated battery and official misconduct.

The jurors will fill out questionnaires. The judge sealed them, but the prospective jurors will certainly be asked how closely they have followed media coverage of the 2014 shooting and whether they have seen the dashcam video that shows Van Dyke shoot the 17-year-old 16 times.

Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty. His attorneys say he feared for his life.

The video of the shooting sparked massive protests and prompted federal and local investigations.

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11:16 p.m. Tuesday

Prospective jurors in the murder trial of the white Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald are to be given questionnaires as the first phase of jury selection starts Wednesday.

The judge has sealed the questionnaires, but potential jury members will most likely be asked how closely they have followed media coverage of the 2014 shooting and whether they have seen the dashcam video that shows Officer Jason Van Dyke shoot the 17-year-old McDonald 16 times.

Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty. His attorneys contend that he feared for his life when he shot the teen, who had a knife.

The video of the shooting sparked massive protests and prompted federal and local investigations.

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