Jason Van Dyke/Cook County Sheriff

Van Dyke Transferred To Rock Island County

October 09, 2018 - 4:00 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The Chicago police officer convicted last week in the 2014 fatal shooting of a teenager has been transferred to another county, pending sentencing, Cook County Sheriff’s officials confirmed Tuesday.

Jason Van Dyke, 40, was transferred to Rock Island County Jail. He is considered a high-profile detainee, and no specific incident prompted the change, officials said. Van Dyke is one of 45 detainees housed off-site, the sheriff’s department said.

Van Dyke was taken into custody last week when a jury convicted him of second-degree murder and several counts of aggravated battery. Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014 during a confrontation between several officers and the 17-year-old black teen.

Van Dyke argued he feared for his life and the lives of his police co-workers, but prosecutors said the use of deadly force was not warranted. A dashcam video, released to the public in 2015, showed the shooting. It caused a racially charged controversy and the firing of Chicago's police superintendent.