After the recent release of Jason Van Dyke – the Chicago police officer who was charged with first degree for the murder of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald – new details have surfaced on how he posted bail.
Initially, according to a Cook Country Spokesman, Dyke was set with a $1.5 million dollar bail, and was legally responsible for 10% of that amount. Therefore, he needed to pay a total of $150,000 in order to be freed. Dyke walked out of jail on Monday (Nov. 30) a free man due in part to the fundraising efforts of a local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police through his wife on a GoFundMe page, and later through their own website, Jezebel reports.
Van Dyke was released after a week of being incarcerated, because according to his attorney Daniel Herbert, he “[doesn’t] pose a flight risk.” And while there is concrete evidence of Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times, Herbert argues that “his client feared for his life, acted lawfully and that the video did not tell the whole story.”
Still, prosecutors believed that Van Dyke should be held without bail because of the violent shooting. And since the Chicago court released the video of the incident, protestors have been marching on the city’s streets. Further investigation has unearthed that despite McDonald carrying a knife the day he was killed, “the three inch blade recovered from the scene had been folded into the handle.”
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