The Chicago police officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times is pleading not guilty to murder charges. Officer Jason Van Dyke would only say "no comment" heading into court Tuesday to enter his plea on six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct. His attorney, Dan Herbert, claims the dashcam video of the shooting doesn't tell the whole story, and he'll argue Van Dyke feared his life before opening fire. "He wants his story to get out so that people don't see him as this cold-blooded killer, but that's what the trial is for," Herbert said.
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Herbert says he's still considering asking for a change of venue for the trial given the dashcam video evidence was released to the public, and because of criticism of Van Dyke's actions by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The family of Laquan McDonald was also on hand for the court appearance. Marvin Hunter, Laquan's great uncle, has doubts about whether Van Dyke would be found guilty if the case goes to trial. "I believe the entire criminal justice system in the county of Cook is corrupt," Hunter said, "and I maintain that and I need someone to prove me wrong by bringing justice in the Jason Van Dyke case." In the meantime, Van Dyke remains free on bond. He's due back in court on Jan. 29.