Over more than two days, 54 potential jurors were questioned in the case of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. In the end, eight women and four men were chosen to decide Van Dyke's fate. Learn more about them below.
While the jury was gone, attorneys, Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke and attendees listen to the judge's instructions in Van Dyke's murder trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building September 24, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Van Dyke is charged with shooting and killing black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was walking away from police down a street holding a knife four years ago. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)
A Hispanic female, stay-at-home mother with three children under 10 years old. She said she believes she can give Van Dyke a fair trial. On her questionnaire she said she respects police and "they are just doing their job."
A white female who works with sensitive records as a record keeper for her company. Her boyfriend works for DCFS. She said she wants to see evidence before coming to an opinion on the case and said she believes someone is innocent until proven guilty.
An Asian male who works as a financial analyst. He graduated from Indiana University. He said he believes “everyone must abide by the law, including law enforcement officers.”
A white male who told the judge, "I know there is a video, but I have not seen it." He said he doesn't watch TV.
A white woman who didn't give her occupation. She said she knows about the case from the news and has seen the video. "I had different thoughts," she said. "Why did Laquan keep walking away? Why didn’t he stop?”
A black female who has been working for FedEx for 24 years. She said she has seen the video and was surprised it was shown on TV for kids to see. As for her thoughts on Van Dyke, she said, “I couldn’t say he was guilty, but I had an opinion about how many times shots went off. I can’t lie... that’s a lot of shots."
A white male who said he has not seen the video. Though he said on the questionnaire he had not heard about the case, he admitted to the judge he had. He also said, “I’m just a big supporter of the 2nd amendment. And I have a lot of respect for police officers.” No occupation was given.
A Hispanic female who is unemployed with two children and two grandchildren. She said her parents worked in fields in Texas and her brother is a cowboy in Texas. She says she has no opinion on the case, but is scared of the protests outside the courthouse.
A white female who works in the billing department of a surgical practice. She said she also has worked on a lot of political campaigns and supervised interns in a congressional office. Her family is longtime family friends with Judge Gaughan’s family. She said she has seen the video and thought “a lot of shots were fired.” She said she has no opinion on case and reads the Tribune everyday.
A Hispanic woman who works for a downtown parking company but is applying to become a Chicago police officer. She said she is in the early stages of the process and says she can be fair and hasn't formed an opinion on the case. On her questionnaire, she wrote “no one is above the law.”
A white male who works in a bill paying department and has a nuclear engineering degree. His uncle works as a police officer in River Grove. He said he has seen the video but hasn’t formed an opinion.
A white female who wrote on the questionnaire, “No matter what your occupation is, if you knowingly did something wrong, you should face consequences.” She said she has not seen the video and said she has not discussed it with friends. She did not give an occupation.