Van Dyke faces two counts of first-degree murder, 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of official misconduct in McDonald’s death. Van Dyke is white and McDonald was black. Prosecutors say Van Dyke fired unnecessarily within six seconds after arriving at the scene, striking McDonald 16 times.
…The teenager kept “advancing” on him, holding a knife, Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke testified Tuesday in his murder trial.
The 17-year-old had “huge white eyes, just staring right through me,” said Van Dyke, who is charged with killing McDonald in October 2014. Standing about 10 to 15 feet away, McDonald “turned his torso towards me,” the officer testified.
…Van Dyke said the dashcam video “may not show” McDonald trying to get up after he was shot.
…Van Dyke told Gleason he decided to stop shooting when he realized McDonald had hit the ground. He said he lowered his weapon, reassessed and continued firing “on my approach.”
“So, as you’re approaching him while he’s on the ground, you’re continuing to shoot him?” Gleason asked.
…”In that six seconds, he got a lot closer to me than I ever could have gotten away from him around the squad car,” he said.
“And you got a lot closer to him, too, didn’t you?” Gleason said.
Van Dyke said: “I know that now, yeah.”
Being paranoid and delusional is not a defense for murder, even if you carry a badge.