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Officer Jason Van Dyke Enters Not Guilty Plea

Van Dyke entered the courtroom just before 10 a.m., pleading not guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct

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    The Chicago police officer caught on dashcam video shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times to his death in October 2014 pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday morning. NBC 5's Phil Rogers reports. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015)

    The Chicago police officer caught on dashcam video shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times to his death in October 2014 pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday morning.

    Van Dyke appeared before Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan just before 10 a.m., pleading not guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct. He was harassed by at least one heckler on his way into the courtroom.

    Van Dyke’s attorney Dan Herbert called the proceedings an "important day" in the case, adding that transcripts and video evidence were released to the defense.

    "The evidence will come in slowly," Herbert said. "We received a piece of evidence today and that will be a continuous process for probably the next several months until motions are filed, and we look forward to having a trial."

    Van Dyke has been free on $1.5 million bond since Nov. 30 after spending six nights in Cook County, Illinois, jail. He was charged hours before video of McDonald’s shooting death went public, sparking weeks of demonstrations and unrest in Chicago.

    Herbert previously argued the video does not tell the whole story and said Van Dyke feared for his life, which is why he fired his weapon. He added that although Van Dyke has said nothing following his brief appearances in court, the officer hopes his side of the story will soon be heard.

    "(Van Dyke) wants his story to get out so that people don’t see him as this cold-blooded killer, and that’s what the trial is for," Herbert said.

    The officer has not been to Chicago’s criminal courts building since earlier this month. As Van Dyke left the courthouse Dec. 18, several groups of people shouted profanities and pounded on the black pickup truck he was riding in before it pulled away.

    The case has been widely publicized, with even Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasting the Chicago officer. 

    Emanuel previously told reporters, "Van Dyke violated both the standards of professionalism that come with being a police officer but also basic moral standards that bind our community together."

    Herbert said after the December hearing he was considering requesting a change of venue because of Emanuel's criticism. He noted Tuesday that they are still considering the move. 

    "It’s something that’s not routinely done. In Cook County it hasn’t been done in decades," Herbert said. "I think with the current events and specifically the comments by the mayor in this case, not just on a day but continuing throughout the last few weeks, we intend to seek a change of venue. And quite frankly Exhibit A is going to be the mayor and his comments and we’re going to have to find a county that is outside the reach of the mayor’s comments."

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    1/26/16 Alvarez Challenged by Opponents During State's Attorney Debate

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    1/22/16 2 Officers in Laquan McDonald Case Put on Administrative Leave

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    1/17/16 Hillary Clinton Walks Back Support for Emanuel

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    1/15/16Cops Called to Testify Before Grand Jury in McDonald Case

    1/14/16Cook County Dems Endorse Foxx for State's Attorney

    1/13/16Lawyer Blasts IPRA as Less Than Independent

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    1/13/16 Chicago Police Street Stops May Have Decreased Due to New Form Procedure

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    1/12/16Boycott of Mayor's MLK Invitation Grows

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    1/9/16FBI Investigating 2013 Fatal CPD Shooting

    1/8/16 McDonald Family Accused City of Intimidating Witnesses: Docs

    1/8/16Cook County Dems Reopen Slating Process for State's Attorney Race

    1/7/16Emanuel Says Law Department Will Be Reviewed

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    12/23/15 Emanuel Lands on List of 'The Worst People of 2015'

    12/18/15 Angry Group Confronts Officer Jason Van Dyke Outside Court
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    12/17/15 Rev. Jackson to Lead Laquan McDonald Rally on State Street

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    12/17/15 Bernie Sanders Calls for Federal Probe of CPD

    12/17/15 Madigan Calls for Investigation of Chicago Police Department

    12/17/15 Retired Officers Say CPD Misconduct 'Going On for Years'

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    12/5/15 Officials Release Full Laquan McDonald Police Report

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    12/4/15 Chicago's Interim Cop Talks Potential Federal Probe

    12/4/15 Bernie Sanders Calls for Federal Probe of CPD

    12/4/15 Rev. Jackson to Lead Laquan McDonald Rally on State Street

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    12/3/15 Mayor: City Will Support Release of Another Dashcam Video

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    11/30/15 Officer Charged in Laquan McDonald's Death Posts Bond

    11/30/15 Threat That Canceled Classes at UofC Cited McDonald Shooting

    11/30/15 Mayor Goes Silent After Release of Laquan McDonald Video

    11/30/15 Anita Alvarez Responds to Calls for Her Resignation

    11/30/15 Demands to Fire McCarthy Grow in Wake of Protests

    11/29/15 Dwyane Wade Pays Tribute to Laquan McDonald on Shoes

    11/29/15 Fraternal Order of Police Raises Bond Money for Van Dyke

    11/28/15 Protesters March at City Hall for Laquan McDonald, Tyshawn Lee

    11/28/15 4 Arrested in Mag Mile Protests

    11/27/15 What Chicago Police Said the Night Laquan McDonald Died

    11/27/15 Protesters Shut Down Mag Mile After Dash-Cam Video Release

    11/26/15 Laquan McDonald Was Trying to Start Over: School

    11/26/15 4 New Dash-Cam Videos Released of Laquan McDonald Shooting

    11/26/15 Arrests Made After Protesters Damage City Christmas Tree

    11/26/15 Obama 'Deeply Disturbed' by Video of McDonald's Shooting

    11/25/15 Clinton, Sanders Speak Out After Release of Laquan McDonald Video

    11/25/15 Chicago NAACP Chapters Call for Investigation Into IPRA

    11/25/15 Protesters Plan March on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday

    11/15/15 Calls for Mayor's Resignation Flood Social Media After Dash-Cam Video Release

    11/25/15 Chicago Braces for Protests Following Dash-Cam Video Release

    11/25/15 Charges Dropped Against Influential Activist After Arrest

    11/25/15 Timeline: What Prosecutors Say Happened the Night Laquan McDonald Was Shot

    11/25/15 Chicago's Black Caucus Calls for McCarthy's Release

    11/25/15 5 Arrested During Overnight Protests for Laquan McDonald

    11/24/15 Records Show Officer in McDonald Case Had Previous Complaints

    11/24/15 CPS Offers Counseling After Released of McDonald Video

    11/24/15 Protesters March After Release of Laquan McDonald Video

    11/24/15 WARNING: Dash-Cam Video Showing Teen's Fatal Shooting Released

    11/24/15 Alvarez Addresses Missing Minutes From Security Video

    11/24/15 Alvarez Gives Minute-by-Minute Report of Teen's Fatal Shooting

    11/24/15 Family of Laquan McDonald Asks for 'Calm' Upon Release of Dash-Cam Video

    11/24/15 Alvarez Defends Timing of Charges in Laquan McDonald Case

    11/24/15 GoFundMe Removes Page Seeking Donations for Chicago Cop Charged With Murder

    11/24/15 Chicago Cop Charged With Murder in Teen's Fatal Shooting

    11/23/15 Community Leaders Call for Peace Ahead of Potential Unrest

    11/23/15 Who Was Laquan McDonald?

    11/23/15 Officer to Be Indicted in Laquan McDonald Case: Source

    11/21/15 Jesse Jackson Speaks Out on Laquan McDonald

    11/20/15 Attorney: Cop Accused in Teen's Fatal Shooting 'Scared to Death'

    11/19/15 Judge Orders Release of Video Showing Teen's Shooting Death

    11/18/15 Ill. Attorney General Asks Chicago to Release Shooting Video

    11/14/15 Emanuel: Hold Release of Video of Shooting

    11/13/15 Chicago Police Dashboard Cameras Questioned in Death of Teen Shot by Cop

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    10/28/15 Judge to Rule on Video Showing Officer Fatally Shooting Teen

    July, 2015

    7/16/15 Audio Missing on Video of Teen Shot by Cops: Attys

    7/9/15 City Emails Refer to Complications in Police Version of How Teen Was Shot

    7/2/15 Six Chicago Officer Named in Settlement Agreement

    May, 2015

    5/27/15 Missing Minutes From Security Video Raises Question

    5/12/15 CPD Failed to Properly Probe Death of Teen Shot by Cop: Suit

    4/15/15 Chicago Council Approves $5M Settlement in Police Shooting

    4/14/15 Feds Probe Death of Teen Shot 16 Times by Cop

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    10/21/14 Teen Shot, Killed by Police Officer on Chicago's Southwest Side