CHICAGO – A judge has sealed statements that a Chicago police officer made after he fatally shot a black teenager in 2014.
Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan on Thursday ordered sealed an audio recording and transcript of an interview Jason Van Dyke gave to the agency that investigates police shootings in Chicago.
The interview was conducted shortly after Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. The teen was armed with a knife. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder.
Gaughan is trying to determine what evidence prosecutors can use and what can be made public. He previously ordered that prosecutors couldn't use some statements Van Dyke made to a high-ranking member of the Chicago Police Department.
On Thursday, Gaughan also ordered sealed statements that former Deputy Chief David McNaughton made to the city's inspector general's office.
This story has been corrected to show the teenager was carrying a knife, and that he wasn't unarmed.