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Chicago police Officer Jason Van D*** arrives Dec. 29, 2015, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago for his arraignment (Photo Credit - Chicago Tribune)
White Chicago police officer Jason Van D*** pleaded not guilty Tuesday, December 29, to the 2014 shooting death of 17-year old black teenager, Laquan McDonald.
Van D*** was indicted earlier this month on six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct.
His lawyer, Dan Herbert, entered the plea for his client at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in front of Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Police dash-cam footage shows McDonald carrying a small knife as he ran down the middle of the street. Fellow officers were already on the scene when Van D*** showed up. Less than 30 seconds after arriving, Van D***, started shooting. The first shot spun McDonald around and knocked him to the ground.
Van D*** then fired 15 more times at the teen, killing him. None of the other officers on the scene fired a single shot.
The footage sparked outrage and protests in the city. Mayor Rahm Emanuel firedPolice Superintendent Garry McCarthy over his handling of the case. Many are now calling for Emanuel's resignation.
Van D***'s next hearing is scheduled for January 29.