The prosecutors in search of new meaning in Laquan McDonald case

FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dijk attends his sentencing hearing at the Leighton criminal court building in Chicago, for the period 2014-pictures of Laquan McDonald. Illinois attorney general holds a press conference with the prosecutor who won a conviction against the white of the Chicago police officer who killed black teen Laquan McDonald. Neither Attorney-General Kwame Raoul nor Kane County State Attorney Joseph McMahon have said that Monday is the press conference is about. It comes after Raoul’s office signaled that it may ask the Illinois Supreme court to intervene over what the plaintiffs see as a too mild punishment for Jason Van Dijk. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

CHICAGO – Illinois attorney general on Monday asked the state’s highest court to review what the plaintiffs consider to be a too mild punishment for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teen Laquan McDonald.

Attorney-General, Kwame Raoul, and the special prosecutor who won the conviction against Jason Van Dijk said they believe Judge Vincent Gaughan is not a correct application of the law when he was convicted Of Dike to six years and nine months in prison. In a rare move, Raoul and the Kane County State Attorney Joseph McMahon filed a request with the Illinois Supreme Court seeking an order that the case back to Gaughan for a new sentence.

In the absence of a new sentence and with credit for good behavior, Van Dijk will probably serve only about three years for firing 16 bullets in McDonald in 2014. Dashcam video of the shooting released by the city in 2015 showed Van Dijk continued to fire as the 17-year-old crumpled to the street and lie on the ground. The sentence was the first imposed on a Chicago police officer for an on-duty shooting in half a century.

Monday’s move is the latest chapter in an ongoing saga that has included massive demonstrations, the firing of the police inspector by the mayor and the ouster of the county’s top prosecutors by the voters a few months later, it is the decision of the court to the meaning Of Dyke to less than seven years in prison, and was filled with anger and disappointment by activists.

Raoul reacted quickly. In one of his first steps after taking office in January, he announced that he would review the sentence Gaughan had passed, just a few days earlier.


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