Jason Van Dyke

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Van Dyke: 'The Video Doesn't Show My Perspective'

October 02, 2018 - 2:51 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald told a jury Tuesday that he opened fire when McDonald kept "advancing" at him waiving a knife in October 2014.

Officer Jason Van Dyke testified Tuesday that he kept firing because he was not certain that he had struck the teen until the teen fell to the ground.

Video of the shooting shows McDonald veering away from officers when Van Dyke opens fire. McDonald spins and crumples to the ground as Van Dyke continues to fire. He fired 16 shots at the 17-year-old.

Van Dyke at times became emotional and wiped tears from his cheeks during his testimony.

In a clear but sometimes halting voice, he said McDonald never let go of the knife even after the teen fell to the ground. He said that to this day he can still see the teen holding the knife, saying, "I just wanted him to get rid of that knife."

He said that before firing, he shouted over and over again for McDonald to drop the knife.

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