Day 4 Van Dyke Murder Trial: FBI Video Of Test Shooting, Expert Talks Deadly Force

Jim Gudas
September 20, 2018 - 11:37 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Prosecutors continued presenting their case on Thursday in the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. 

An FBI ballistics expert was among those who testified Thursday. Scott Patterson describes the video of a test performed by a top-level shooter, showing how Van Dyke could have shot 16 shots in about 14 seconds at Laquan McDonald in 2014.

And a prosecutor asked Patterson about how the FBI enhanced the dashcam video of the shooting to demonstrate more clearly when the bullets hit McDonald and how long after the first shot McDonald fell to the ground.

Once prosecutors wrap up their case, the defense said it will demonstrate how McDonald was out-of-control and a threat as he carried a knife at the time he was shot.

The prosecution brought a use-of-deadly-force expert to the stand later Thursday during the testimony. The expert claimed Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was not justified in shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014, killing him. 

Urey Patrick, testifying for the defense, said after watching video of the shooting he does not believe it was reasonable for Van Dyke to shoot McDonald so many times. And when the defense asked Patrick if it was reasonable to assume that McDonald might have had a gun, not a knife.

Defense: When someone holds their waistband, such as Laquan McDonald, would it be unreasonable for a police officer, in that situation, to think that maybe Laquan McDonald has a gun?

"Based on everything that had transpired at that point, no, I don't think that would be reasonable," Patrick said. 

The defense said it plans to demonstrate in its case that the shooting was justified because of the threat posed by McDonald, who was holding a knife.