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  • Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke who is charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald appears at a hearing in his case at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Chicago. During the hearing, Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan warned protesters not to bother Van Dyke when he tries to make his way to and from the courtroom. Gaughan said he would hold in contempt of court anyone who comes inside the courthouse with a sign and starts "waving it around." (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke who is charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald appears at a hearing in his case at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Chicago. During the hearing, Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan warned protesters not to bother Van Dyke when he tries to make his way to and from the courtroom. Gaughan said he would hold in contempt of court anyone who comes inside the courthouse with a sign and starts "waving it around." (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
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  • Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke who is charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald appears at a hearing in his case at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Chicago. During the hearing, Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan warned protesters not to bother Van Dyke when he tries to make his way to and from the courtroom. Gaughan said he would hold in contempt of court anyone who comes inside the courthouse with a sign and starts "waving it around." (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke who is charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald appears at a hearing in his case at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Chicago. During the hearing, Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan warned protesters not to bother Van Dyke when he tries to make his way to and from the courtroom. Gaughan said he would hold in contempt of court anyone who comes inside the courthouse with a sign and starts "waving it around." (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
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CHICAGO -- A judge is warning protesters not to bother the Chicago police officer charged in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald when he tries to make his way to and from the courtroom.

On Thursday, Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan said he would hold in contempt of court anyone who comes inside the courthouse with a sign and starts "waving it around."

Last month, a protester with a sign that made a reference to the 16 times Van Dyke shot McDonald confronted him outside the courthouse.

Vaughn didn't take any further legal action nor suggest that he'd try to stand in the way of protesters carrying signs outside the courthouse. Protesters have gathered there during past McDonald appearances.

Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting.

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