Van Dyke, now in his mid-40s, has been in custody since his conviction on second-degree manslaughter in October 2018 on charges of aggravated battery and the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. In 2014, Van Dyke black teen shot 16 times, Video of the shooting from a police dashboard camera, released more than a year later, was an important piece of evidence in the trial and sparked a public outcry across the country. Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and of aggravated battery on 16 counts.
Van Dyke sentence ordered Six years and nine months in prison, so he would be serving half his sentence after receiving credit for good behavior.
Marvin Hunter, MacDonald’s uncle Grace Memorial Baptist Church pastor, said he was informed Friday of Van Dyke’s pending release.
“It’s a shame that Jason Van Dyke has a date that he may be paroled and freed somewhat from his past and that Laquan McDonald may never have a second birthday,” Hunter said. “I pray that when Mr. Van Dyke enters, a different man will emerge from him.”
Activist William Calloway, who was instrumental in releasing the dash cam video of the shooting, reacted to the news of Van Dyke’s pending release.
“The federal government has the legal authority, U.S. Attorney John Losch has the legal authority, and they have a moral obligation to file federal civil rights charges against Jason Van Dyke,” Calloway said.
Van Dyck has spent the past three-plus years in several out-of-state prisons and at a time was attacked While in the general population of a facility in Connecticut. Her lawyer, Jennifer Blagg, who worked on her appeal, said she did not know where she would be released next month. He is currently in protective custody at an out-of-state facility.
“Well, all I can say is that Jason doesn’t want to be on the media. He doesn’t want anyone covering him, I don’t think so. 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,” Blagg said.
And afterward, he will spend at least two years on parole and must regularly check in with a parole officer while in the Chicago area.
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