Grand jury indicts Chicago officer in teen's death

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A grand jury has indicted a white Chicago police officer charged in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. (Cook County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A grand jury has indicted a white Chicago police officer charged in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

According to a copy of the indictment posted Wednesday on the Chicago Tribune's website, Officer Jason Van Dyke was indicted Tuesday on six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct.

The indictment alleges Van Dyke shot the 17-year-old knowing it "created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm."

Van Dyke attorney Daniel Herbert did not return a phone call Wednesday night from The Associated Press.

Prosecutors initially charged Van Dyke with one count of murder hours before video of the October 2014 shooting was made public.

McDonald was walking down a street and carrying a knife with a 3-inch blade when he was shot 16 times.

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