Chicago Officer Charged in Shooting Death of Laquan McDonald Back in Court

© Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times via AP Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke leaves the Criminal Courts Building Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Chicago. Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old…
© Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times via AP Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke leaves the Criminal Courts Building Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Chicago. Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old…

The Chicago police officer charged with murder in the videotaped shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald is returning to court Wednesday. 

Jason Van Dyke is expected to attend the hearing in Chicago, where attorneys could discuss petitions asking the state’s attorney’s office to turn the case over to a special prosecutor.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was criticized for waiting more than a year — until the release in November of a video showing the killing — to charge Van Dyke. Critics contend she can’t effectively prosecute the officer because of her ties to Chicago’s police union.

Separately, police said late Tuesday that charges have been filed against a man in a shooting that injured an off-duty Chicago police officer during an attempted robbery early Monday.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Samuel Harviley, 24, has been charged with attempted murder in the early Monday shooting.

Police have said the officer, who was shot in the leg, was sitting in his car near his home when two men with handguns approached and told the officer they were going to rob him.

Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante has said the officer was “trying to comply” with the men’s demands but pulled out his service weapon and exchanged gunfire with at least one of the men when one told the other to shoot him.

It wasn’t immediately known if Harviley has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Source: The AP