Rush Statement on U.S. Attorney’s Decision to Not Press Charges in the Laquan McDonald Case (Washington, D.C.) — Wishes of the victim’s mother and grandmother should be respected.
Yesterday, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced that his office was declining to pursue federal charges in the murder of Laquan McDonald, stating that the decision “was made in consultation with Mr. McDonald’s family” and that “U.S. Attorney Lausch has spoken with a representative of Mr. McDonald’s family on multiple occasions over the past three years.”
Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement in response:
“The statement given by U.S. Attorney John Lausch regarding the McDonald family’s wishes are inconsistent with what Laquan McDonald’s mother and grandmother have told me, directly. These women were McDonald’s closest family members and have been vocal in their demands for justice, but Lausch’s office has never contacted them regarding the case. It is unimaginable to me that the U.S. Attorney states that he is speaking to the family but not consulting the mother, especially when the crime involves the murder of her only child who was 17 years old.
“Greater communication and clarification must occur between the family and U.S. Attorney Lausch’s office. This absolutely needs to happen, and I sincerely stand ready to facilitate that.”
About U.S. Representative Bobby Rush
United States Representative Bobby L. Rush is a transcendent and influential American leader who keeps his legislative and policy interests focused on the needs of his constituents in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and the communities that have been left behind. He believes deeply in the redemptive power of the human spirit and in human ingenuity and tenacity.
Rush Statement on U.S. Attorney’s Decision to Not Press Charges in the Laquan McDonald Case