Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via Associated Press
After serving just over 39 months of an 81-month sentence for the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager, former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will be released from prison next month.
The Chicago Sun Times reports that Van Dyke is scheduled for release on February 3,
Van Dyke was sentenced in 2018 after being found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of grievous bodily harm in the October 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Van Dyke was eligible for a break in jail time with good behavior credit because he was convicted of second-degree murder, the Sun Times reported.
The McDonald’s shooting was captured on video, which was released about a year after the murder.
Dashcam video showed McDonald walking away from Van Dyke just before the officer, who is white, shot McDonald 16 times.
The filming and eventual release of the video led to protests on the streets of Chicago and a settling of scores for the city’s police department. The Justice Department released a report in 2017 that called for comprehensive reform of a department it accused of excessive force and civil rights abuses.