Jason Van Dyke will not face federal charges in LaQuan McDonald shooting

CHICAGO — Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will not face federal charges in the deadly shooting of LaQuan McDonald, prosecutors mentioned Monday.

John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, mentioned that the U.S. Attorney’s Office would not pursue a successive prosecution as a result of no normal homicide cost beneath federal regulation would apply.

McDonald’s household was in agreeance, declining the choice to pursue a second conviction.

“The decision not to pursue a federal prosecution is consistent with Department of Justice policy and was made in consultation with Mr. McDonald’s family,” prosecutors said.

Activists have referred to as for civil rights charges to be introduced forth in opposition to Van Dyke since his launch from jail in February after serving just a little greater than three years for the homicide of McDonald.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office provides that federal prosecutors must show “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Van Dyke’s acts have been deliberate and not out of concern, mistake, or dangerous judgment.

Police dashcam video captured Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 occasions. In October of 2018, Van Dyke was discovered responsible of second-degree homicide and 16 counts of aggravated battery. A choose sentenced Van Dyke to 6 years and 9 months.

Now launched, the ex-Chicago cop stays beneath supervised launch for 3 years. 

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