Rush Protests Early Release of Chicago Police Officer who murdered Laquan McDonald, Calls for Federal Civil Rights Probe against Jason Van Dyke

Rush Protests Early Release of Chicago Police Officer who murdered Laquan McDonald, Calls for Federal Civil Rights Probe against Jason Van Dyke

Rush Protests Early Release of Chicago Police Officer who murdered Laquan McDonald, Calls for Federal Civil Rights Probe against Jason Van Dyke (Chicago, IL) – Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and a coalition of clergy and activists to protest the forthcoming early release from prison of former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was convicted of the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. Van Dyke, who was convicted in 2018 and sentenced in 2019, has served barely 39 months of his 81-month sentence for second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. At the press conference, organized by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Rush joined calls for John Lausch, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, to bring federal civil rights charges against Van Dyke.

Rush Protests Early Release of Chicago Police Officer who murdered Laquan McDonald, Calls for Federal Civil Rights Probe against Jason Van Dyke
Pictured – Jesse Jackson Sr. and Bobby Rush. Image courtesy of Bobby Rush.

“Let me be crystal clear. I am standing with Reverend Jackson, Father Pfleger, Will Calloway, and all of you. There is no justice, it seems. This convicted police officer is spending 39 months in prison — 39 months — for killing a Black man here in Chicago,” Rush said at the press conference.

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Big Picture

“As we look at the big picture, [we see] all the Black people that have been killed in this city by the Chicago Police Department, including my friend and comrade Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.

“Where are the other folks who played a part in the lack of justice, in the denial, of justice for the crime committed against McDonald and his family and his community? Where are the rest of them? Where is the cover up king? You know who I’m talking about: the former mayor of this city, where is he at now? He is somewhere in Japan, living life as an ambassador for this nation. Something is wrong with that picture.

Justice Needed in Chicago

“We need justice here in Chicago for all of the Black men, women, and children who were killed by the Chicago Police Department. [John] Burge is where? Burge is retired from the police picture. Died in his bed after torturing Black men in prison. Where is the justice?.

“I am calling on the U.S. Attorney and every other person in charge. I am calling on them right here, right now. We want justice for McDonald and his family. We want justice, and we want it now!”

Rush Protests Early Release of Chicago Police Officer who murdered Laquan McDonald, Calls for Federal Civil Rights Probe against Jason Van Dyke

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