Rudy Giuliani defended the Chicago cop charged with murder for shooting a teenager 16 times, saying police “had a right” to stop the knife-wielding suspect.
“First, he committed a crime,” Giuliani said of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who police claimed was attempting to break into cars before Officer Jason Van Dyke shot and killed him in October 2014.
“Second, police had a right to stop him,” he continued during an interview on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday.
McDonald was armed with a 3-inch knife when Van Dyke confronted him, police said. The teen’s autopsy showed he had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system. Video of the shooting was released Tuesday — the same day Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder.
The former New York City mayor blasted Chicago during the wide-ranging interview, mentioning the city’s “out of control” crime rates but giving no specific figures.