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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 07:38 AM

Illinois attorney general challenges Van Dyke murder sentence

Source: Reuters


Illinois attorney general challenges Van Dyke murder sentence

Suzannah Gonzales

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and a prosecutor on Monday challenged the sentence of former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke for the murder of a black teenager, questioning whether the judge who imposed it followed the law due to his failure to account for other convictions.

Van Dyke, 40, who is white, was sentenced last month to nearly seven years in prison for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in 2014 in a case that highlighted racial tensions in America’s third-largest city.

Activists and prosecutors had wanted a longer sentence. Van Dyke could have received up to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder and up to 30 years for each of 16 counts of aggravated battery - one count for each shot he fired at the 17-year-old McDonald, who was carrying a knife.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Gaughan did not sentence Van Dyke for the aggravated battery convictions, explaining that second-degree murder was the more serious crime. Van Dyke is appealing the conviction.


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chicago-police/illinois-attorney-general-challenges-van-dyke-murder-sentence-idUSKCN1Q01XH

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Mr. Quackers Feb 2019 #1

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 08:08 AM

1. It pleases me to no end to think the imprisoned officer


is surrounded by people, who, in his former unincarcerated life, he would have despised and treated with hostility. People he would have joked about with his fellow officers, looked down upon, and abused.

Every single waking incarcerated minute must burn him down to the core of his evil police soul.

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