Van Dyke, now in his mid-40s, has been in custody since his conviction in October 2018 on aggravated battery and second diploma homicide fees for the capturing loss of life of Laquan McDonald. In 2014, Van Dyke shot the Black teen 16 occasions. Video of the capturing from a police dashboard digicam, launched greater than a 12 months later, was a key piece of proof within the trial and infected public response throughout the nation. Van Dyke was discovered responsible of second-degree homicide and 16 counts of aggravated battery.
Van Dyke was sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in jail, so he’ll be serving about half his sentence after receiving credit score for good conduct.
Grace Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s uncle, stated he was notified Friday of Van Dyke’s pending launch.
“It is a disgrace that Jason Van Dyke has a date that he might be paroled and free from his previous to a sure diploma and Laquan McDonald can by no means have one other birthday,” Hunter stated. “My prayer is that Mr. Van Dyke comes out a distinct man than when he went in.”
William Calloway, the activist who was instrumental in getting the sprint cam video of the capturing launched reacted to information of Van Dyke’s pending launch.
“The federal authorities has the authorized authority, U.S. Legal professional John Lausch has the authorized authority, and he has the ethical obligation to file federal civil rights fees on Jason Van Dyke,” Calloway stated.
Van Dyke has spent the final three-plus years in a number of out-of-state prisons and at one level was assaulted whereas within the normal inhabitants of a facility in Connecticut. His legal professional, Jennifer Blagg, who labored on his enchantment stated she does not know precisely the place he’ll be launched from subsequent month. He’s at the moment in an out-of-state facility in protecting custody.
“Nicely, I can say that Jason does not wish to be on the media. He does not wish to have anyone overlaying him, I do not suppose. I can not converse for Jason, however I do know what sort of particular person he’s, and I feel he simply desires to stay his life,” Blagg stated.
And afterward, he’ll spend a minimum of two years on parole and must examine in with a parole officer frequently whereas remaining within the Chicago space.
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