Officer Jason Van Dyke who faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald is a free man after posting bail Monday. (November 30)
According to a Cook County spokesman, Judge Donald Panarese Jr set a $1.5 million bail for the 37-year-old officer, and Dyke was responsible for posting 10% of it or $150,000.
News of Officer Van Dyke making bail comes on the heels of several peaceful protests that occurred throughout Chicago after city officials released the dash-cam video footage of the fatal October 2014 encounter between him and McDonald.
USA Today reports upon learning of Van Dyke’s release, one protester felt as if they were slapped in the face.
“When Van Dyke walked out, what that said to me is that my life doesn’t matter to this mayor and this city,” Jedidiah Brown declared.
Before setting bail, Judge Panarese noted Van Dyke is still considered innocent until proven guilty. Van Dyke’s lawyer Daniel Herbert attempted to underscore that sentiment by asking the lawyer for a reasonable bail and stating Van Dyke is no threat to the public.