Illinois

Attorney asks judge to dismiss charges against Chicago cop

  • Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke attends a status hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Chicago. Van Dyke is in court on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez /Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke attends a status hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Chicago. Van Dyke is in court on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez /Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke attends a status hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building, in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Van Dyke is in court on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez /Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke attends a status hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building, in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Van Dyke is in court on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez /Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke attends a status hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Van Dyke is in court on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez /Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke attends a status hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Van Dyke is in court on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez /Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with fatally shooting a black teen 16 times are again urging a judge to dismiss the case.

Jason Van Dyke's attorney on Friday filed a second motion seeking to throw out the first-degree murder charges in the 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2l0E3nl ) attorney Daniel Herbert told a judge, "There was a rush to sacrifice Jason Van Dyke to the angry mob."

In a previous motion, Herbert said statements Van Dyke and other officers gave investigators helped build the case against Van Dyke even after the officers were assured they wouldn't be used against them.

The judge hasn't ruled on either motion.

McDonald's death prompted a Justice Department investigation that found Chicago police had violated people's constitutional rights.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com