Jason Van Dyke release date: Chicago Police Department cop convicted in fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald to get out of jail early

CHICAGO (WLS) — Previous Chicago policeman Jason Van Dyke will be launched from jail on Feb. 3 after serving a little less than 3 years and 4 months behind bars.

Van Dyke, now in his mid-40s, has actually remained in custody because his conviction in October 2018 on intensified battery and 2nd degree murder charges for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. In 2014, Van Dyke shot the Black teenager 16 times. Video of the shooting from an authorities control panel electronic camera, launched more than a year later on, was a crucial piece of proof in the trial and swollen public response throughout the nation. Van Dyke was condemned of second-degree murder and 16 counts of intensified battery, one count for each shot that struck McDonald.

Van Dyke was sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in jail, so he’ll be serving about half his sentence after getting credit for great habits.

Grace Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s uncle, stated he was informed Friday of Van Dyke’s pending release.

“It’s a shame that Jason Van Dyke has a date that he can be paroled and free from his past to a certain degree and Laquan McDonald can never have another birthday,” Hunter stated. “My prayer is that Mr. Van Dyke comes out a different man than when he went in.”

William Calloway, the activist who contributed in getting the dash webcam video of the shooting launched, stated the previous police needs to stay behind bars.

“The federal government has the legal authority, U.S. Attorney John Lausch has the legal authority, and he has the moral obligation to file federal civil rights charges on Jason Van Dyke,” Calloway stated.

Van Dyke has actually invested the last three-plus years in numerous out-of-state jails and at one point was attacked while in the basic population of a center in Connecticut. His lawyer, Jennifer Blagg, who dealt with his appeal stated she does not understand precisely where he’ll be launched from next month. He is presently in an out-of-state center in protective custody.

“He wants to have a quiet life,” Blagg stated. “Well, I can say that Jason doesn’t want to be on the media. He doesn’t want to have anybody covering him, I don’t think. I can’t speak for Jason, but I know what kind of person he is, and I think he just wants to live his life.”

And later, he’ll invest a minimum of 2 years on parole and will need to sign in with a parole officer regularly while staying in the Chicago location.

Messages left for the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace were not returned. Calloway is now contacting the transit unions to stop CTA services later on this month in an effort to push the feds to submit charges.

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