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


CHICAGO (WLS) — Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will likely be launched from jail on Feb. 3 after serving rather less than three years and 4 months behind bars.Van Dyke, now in his mid-40s, has been in custody since his conviction in October 2018 on aggravated battery and second diploma homicide prices for the shooting dying of Laquan McDonald. In 2014, Van Dyke shot the Black teen 16 instances. Video of the shooting from a police dashboard digicam, launched greater than a 12 months later, was a key piece of proof in the trial and infected public response throughout the nation. Van Dyke was discovered responsible of second-degree homicide and 16 counts of aggravated battery, one depend for every shot that hit McDonald.

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Van Dyke was sentenced to six 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 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.”

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William Calloway, the activist who was instrumental in getting the sprint cam video of the shooting launched, stated the previous cop ought 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 spent the final three-plus years in a number of out-of-state prisons and at one level was assaulted whereas in the overall inhabitants of a facility in Connecticut. His lawyer, Jennifer Blagg, who labored on his attraction stated she does not know precisely the place he’ll be launched from subsequent month. He is at the moment in an out-of-state facility in protecting 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.”

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And afterward, he’ll spend no less than two years on parole and can have to test in with a parole officer regularly whereas remaining in the Chicago space.

Messages left for the U.S. Attorney’s workplace weren’t returned. Calloway is now calling on the transit unions to halt CTA companies later this month in an effort to stress the feds to file prices.

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