Cameras OK'd for preliminary hearings in Van Dyke murder case

CHICAGO (STMW) - Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during preliminary proceedings in the high-profile murder case of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Van Dyke, 37, appeared at a brief hearing Wednesday in which Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan said he would allow the recordings, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

The officer, who is free on bond, is accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014.

The dashcam video of the incident fueled protests across the country and criticism of how city leaders handled the investigation and the release of the video.

Still and video cameras have been allowed at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse as part of a pilot program that started last year.

Lawyers can object to the cameras; judges presiding in any specific case ultimately decide whether cameras are allowed in court during a trial.

Van Dyke is due back in court on Jan. 29.

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