Van Dyke, now in his mid-40s, has been in custody since his conviction in October 2018 on aggravated battery and second diploma homicide costs for the taking pictures loss of life of Laquan McDonald. In 2014, Van Dyke shot the Black teen 16 occasions. Video of the taking pictures from a police dashboard digital camera, 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 habits.
Grace Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s uncle, mentioned he was notified Friday of Van Dyke’s pending launch.
“It is a disgrace that Jason Van Dyke has a date that he will be paroled and free from his previous to a sure diploma and Laquan McDonald can by no means have one other birthday,” Hunter mentioned. “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 taking pictures launched reacted to information of Van Dyke’s pending launch.
“The federal authorities has the authorized authority, U.S. Lawyer John Lausch has the authorized authority, and he has the ethical obligation to file federal civil rights costs on Jason Van Dyke,” Calloway mentioned.
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 basic inhabitants of a facility in Connecticut. His legal professional, Jennifer Blagg, who labored on his enchantment mentioned she would not know precisely the place he’ll be launched from subsequent month. He’s at present in an out-of-state facility in protecting custody.
“Properly, I can say that Jason would not wish to be on the media. He would not wish to have anyone masking him, I do not suppose. I am unable to converse for Jason, however I do know what sort of particular person he’s, and I believe he simply needs to reside his life,” Blagg mentioned.
And afterward, he’ll spend no less than two years on parole and should test in with a parole officer frequently whereas remaining within the Chicago space.
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