Anonymous sources close to the investigation revealed to media outlets that Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, will be charged with first-degree murder at a bond hearing Nov. 24, according to The Washington Post. It has been 35 years since the last time a Chicago police officer was charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality, The Chicago Tribune notes.
The announcement comes one day before the court-ordered release of dashcam footage of the October 20, 2014 shooting. The video reportedly shows McDonald holding a small knife as he walks away from law enforcement. People who have watched the clip say that Van Dyke, who is white, shot McDonald, who was black, 16 times from a distance of approximately 15 feet.
McDonald's autopsy report confirmed that he was shot at least twice in the back, The AP notes. The medical examiner also found PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, in the young man's system.
Over 1,000 people have been reported killed by police this year, a disproportionate number of them black.
UPDATE, 11:40 a.m. ET: A state prosecutor charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder Tuesday, The New York Times reports.
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